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Euphemia Henderson product launch

A beautiful new product range inspired by historic botanical artworks is the centrepiece of The Gardens Shop’s new concept store, unveiled today at Melbourne Gardens.

Created by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in partnership with Australian and New Zeland designers and manufacturers, the Euphemia Henderson collection includes prints, greeting cards, notebooks, pocket mirrors, bed linen, clothing, wallpaper, table lamps, small lamp shades, glass coasters and art spots.

The collection features original artworks by Euphemia Henderson (1822–1908), a governess and accomplished wildflower artist who arrived in Victoria from Scotland in 1853 before settling on Phillip Island with her sister’s family. Her friendship with the Gardens’ first Director, Ferdinand Mueller, resulted in a brief engagement for six months in 1863. They had a mutual love of Australian flora and collected botanical specimens together on Phillip Island. Mueller even named a species – Nematolepis euphemiae (now called Rhadinothamnus euphemiae) – after her. Along with her wildflower artworks, 44 letters from Mueller to Euphemia survive and are held in the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

The new Euphemia Henderson range is now available in-store and online at The Gardens Shop, just in time for Mother’s Day. Royalties from sales of the Euphemia Henderson range will be directed towards the Royal Botanic Gardens’ scientific research and conservation projects.