The Accidental Botanist

The Structure of Plants Revealed by Robbie Honey

Global adventurer Robbie Honey spends much of his time searching out and deconstructing some of the world’s most exotic flowers. This book features more than 90 specimens collected from as far afield as the Malaysian rainforest,  the African veldt, and an English churchyard. No plant is beyond reach.

Each specimen is meticulously laid out and photographed using an iPhone, as soon as it is picked, to create miniature plant portraits. Robbie’s fresh approach gives traditional botany a contemporary edge. Arranged by colour – red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink, then white – the plants are highly accessible as well as beautiful to look at. Botany, at last, has been transformed for a modern audience.

Robbie was born and brought up in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied horticulture, interior design and photography in England, Holland, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He trained in event floristry in London, under Ming Veevers Carter, and started his own company counting Hermes, Dior, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood amongst his many clients. Robbie lectures and holds masterclasses in floristry at the flower schools in London, Beijing, Seoul, New York and Virginia, USA.  He has amassed a huge international following on social media.

Robbie Honey talks to Lucinda van der Hart of The Flower Arranger magazine.  Click here to read the article in the new Winter issue.

‘A visual deconstruction of the favourite flowers of a florist, interwoven with a bit of botany and a sprinkling of autobiography’.  Click here to see the full review in Gardens Illustrated by John Hoyland, a plantsman and writer.

US magazine, Flower, features Robbie Honey’s Accidental Botanist.  Click here to read the article.

Special offer on this title in The Telegraph Lifestyle Gardening section.  Click here for further details.

Click on the link here to read Dr. Jackson’s blog about floral artist Robbie Honey’s life influences and his fascination with plants.

Click on this link to see a brief clip of global adventurer Robbie Honey talking about his fascination with the structure of plants and how he deconstructs some of the world’s most exotic flowers.