The history of weeds is also generally a history of herbs with a vast range of ascribed uses. With a recent revival of plant foraging and promotion of weeds as the progenitor to landscape revegetation, weeds have a significant role to play in our environment and in contemporary culture. Donald Murray’s Hill End gardening journals will be used as a reference to develop a series of works on paper that
layer histories of attitudes to plant cultivation, with a focus on what are perceived as weeds.
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IMAGES: (L to R) Ruth Johnstone Mallow, Weed Census 2015, watercolour on paper, acrylic on steel, 14 x 18cm. Ruth Johnstone Blackberry Nightshade, Weed Census 2015, watercolour on paper, plant specimen, 14 x 18cm. MENU IMAGE: Ruth Johnstone Weed Census 2015, watercolour on paper, acrylic on steel, detail (c.280 x 120cm).