The Tradescants were 17th century gardeners who introduced many new plants to England. More than 160 varieties of fruit were listed amongst the inventory of plants grown at the Tradescants nursery in Lambeth, many of which are illustrated in the Orchard. The Garden Museum invited 40 of the worlds leading botanical artists to paint watercolours of fruit in response to the Orchard.
Lesley Ann graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2002. Since then, she has continued to study with Anne-Marie Evans, Helen Allen and Annie Farrer. She was chairman of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society for four years and participated with the florilegium in two RHS group exhibitions. Lesley Ann loved the shape of this plum with its distinct ‘buttocks’, one lower than the other. The bloom on the fruit gives it an almost blue haze but it ripens to a rich gold.