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Beurré Hardy, Red Beurré Hardy pear painted by Elisabeth Dowle. Copyright Elisabeth Dowle.
Published in The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan (2015); Ebury Press

Elisabeth Dowle is internationally recognised as one of our leading botanic artists and now there is an opportunity to see many of her best-known works in an exhibition at Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley, Yorkshire. The exhibition opened on 24 May 2019 and continues until 3 November 2019: http://www.cannon-hall.com/pears-and-apples-the-botanical-illustration-of-elisabeth-dowle

The Cannon Hall exhibition includes 12 of Elisabeth’s apple paintings and 15 of her paintings of pears. The exhibition is displayed in two adjoining rooms, creating intimate spaces and truly cabinets of treasures in which the paintings really sparkle. Well worth a detour if you are in Yorkshire over the summer.

Pear paintings fill the first room and there is special emphasis on the pears, as Cannon Hall has an historic collection of trained pear trees growing in a walled fruit and vegetable garden, close to the house. A number of these pear trees are very old, probably dating back to the nineteenth century, when the gardens were in their prime. The famous Cannon Hall Muscat grape was raised here and the original vine  continues to thrive in one of the glass houses.

Elisabeth has been awarded seven Royal Horticultural Society’s Gold Medals for her water colour paintings. The paintings featured in Cannon Hall exhibition were used to illustrate The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan (2015) and The Book of Apples/The New Book of Apples (1993, 2002)  by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards; published by Ebury Press. These paintings were made from pears and apples growing in the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale, Kent. Elisabeth’s work has been used to illustrate other books, featured on porcelain and calendars and are held in a number of private collections and institutions.

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Pear trees trained against a wall at Cannon Hall

 

Cannon Hall Muscat grape fruiting at Cannon Hall

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Fruits from Costa Rica

All of the fruits on display above can be found growing in Costa Rica. Their identities are given below by Charlie Strader of Fruit Explorations Inc, which is based in Florida.

From the left: Pachira aquatic, Costa Ricans call it ‘Poponjoche’. It is known by the common names Malabar chestnut, French peanut, Provision tree, Saba nut, Pumpo (Guatemala) and is commercially sold under the names Money tree. Licania platypus (Sansapote, or Sangre in Costa Rica), Mamey Zapote, achiote, cocoa, Eugenia uniflora (Surinam cherry).

We thought that visitors to Fruit Forum may be interested in a tour arranged by Charlie Strader to explore the tropical fruits of Costa Rica.

All the details are here: https://www.explorationsinc.com/costa-rica-fruit-tour.html

This botanical trip departs July 27 2019, contact:  email info@explorationsinc.com

 

And can any of our readers identify this fruit growing in Costa Rica:

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