Liverpool exhibition to celebrate William Roscoe's legacy

A year-long exploration of Liverpool's botanic history culminates today (16 September) with the opening of an exhibition celebrating the founder of the city's first botanic garden.

Liverpool Botanical Collection's artist-in-residence Jyll Bradley has created the exhibition dedicated to the collection amassed by William Roscoe.

Jyll Bradley will open her exhibition The Botanic Garden today at the Walker Art Gallery.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of her book Mr Roscoe's Garden, published by Liverpool University Press.

The Botanic Garden exhibition includes a suite of back-lit photographic works, each depicting a working scene showing the everyday life of the collection.

The exhibition of large-scale photographic works, called The Botanic Garden, features pictures including botanists pressing flowers and gardeners choosing plants for show.

Jyll Bradley's year as the artist-in-residence for the Collection has also included the creation of silver medal-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden Mr Roscoe's Garden.

When William Roscoe originally founded Liverpool's first botanic garden 200 years ago, he gathered together rare and unique plants from across the globe to create a garden of great beauty and national importance, explained Jyll Bradley.

The act of gazing upon the completed garden was itself believed to heal the viewer, and I hope the culmination of this project goes someway to achieving that same reaction and enable its legacy to live on.

The exhibition is being shown at the Walker Art Gallery, Brown Street, Liverpool,  from 16 September to 23 December.

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