Floribunda is the most colourful of the Annie Sloan with Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Decoupage Papers. These exuberant, joyful, ostentatious blooms have been created by collaging the work of numerous painters; inparticular the illustrations of Caroline Maria Applebee (born in London in 1799) and Graham Stuart Thomas (1909 – 2003). Annie transposed various stems to create this concupiscent bouquet, which flourishes against a backdrop of Napoleonic Blue (available as both Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Wall Paint).
Caroline Maria Applebee appears to have been the daughter of a wealthy middle-class family who owned conservatories and greenhouses (thereby providing access to the plants and flowers Caroline painted). Graham Stuart Thomas was a partner at Sunningdale Nurseries in the mid 1940s and Gardens Advisor to the National Trust from 1955. In the 1960s he was awarded the RHS’s Veitch Memorial Medal and the Victoria Medal of Honour. Made an OBE in 1975, Graham Stuart Thomas is recognised as a horticulturist, rosarian, writer and artist.
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