Photo: statue in Rydal Hall grounds.

Flora of the Fells Original Paintings by Marianne Birkby

Flora of the Fells Original Paintings by Marianne Birkby

1st July 2019

Lakeland Artist Marianne Birkby returns to Rydal Hall with an exhibition of new paintings all inspired by the diversity of flora on the Cumbrian fells. The paintings include oils, charcoals and pastels and can be seen at Rydal Hall's Old School Room Tea Shop through July to August. The Tea Shop is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm.

"Included in the paintings is an iconic flower that is the symbol of Cumbria. It is featured on the official flag of Cumbria with three white flowers. The flowers are the Grass of Parnassus and once seen they are unforgettable with an exotic look to them. The charity Plantlife describes them as "a flower of cold beauty and a symbol of the wilderness and wet". They are not as widespread as they used to be, preferring high boggy and open fellsides and flowering in late summer through to early autumn. I have seen them myself in only two places in all my walks on the high fells."

This exhibition is a celebration of our wonderful flora here in Cumbria and the wonderful surprises that await us on the fells if we take the time to look.

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