One of Portmeirion’s most loved and best-selling collections – Botanic Garden – celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Originally imagined by Portmeirion’s founder Susan Williams-Ellis, Botanic Garden was created to bring the outside in.
Inspired by the hand-coloured herbal book, The Universal, or Botanical, Medical and Agricultural Dictionary by Thomas Green, Susan created individual motifs for each piece in the collection, an incredibly innovative decision at the time. Using a uniform leaf border on each product, she created a cohesive collection and Botanic Garden was born.
To mark the collection’s 50th year in production, Portmeirion has released an interview featuring decorative artist Rose Fulbright, granddaughter of Susan Williams-Ellis, who gives remarkable insight into the forward-thinking designer.