Amicus Botanicus

Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen’s appreciation of all things natural arose from her privileged life amongst the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, extraordinary flora of the Andes and after two decades, verdant English gardens, where she studied and is still based at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Comma Butterfly on Stinging NettleIn celebration of Charles Darwin’s bicentennial, Mary Ellen returned to the Galapagos Islands to paint the habitat relating to the most endangered birds as a fundraising effort for this critical situation.

The paintings were exhibited and now archived at The Linnean Society, where Mary Ellen is an elected fellow. She has also illustrated flora for Nigel Sitwell´s Galapagos: A Guide to the Animals and Flora.

Mary Ellen was commissioned by the Chelsea Physic Garden to paint ´Butterflies at Home´, is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and her work has been selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince's School of Traditional Arts to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

Comma Butterfly on Stinging Nettle