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Three of today’s leading trendsetters have each created a contemporary artwork especially for The Green Gallery, inspired by the beautiful painting ‘Still Life with Flowers’ by Rachel Ruynsch. Their contemporary interpretations of Ruysch’s piece are truly breathtaking. Explore, and enjoy__________.

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Rachel Ruysch

She enjoyed international fame with her refined and detailed floral still lives. Rachel Ruysch had a great talent, painting was her passion and her life. Even as a young girl she had an exceptional aptitude for drawing and painting. She undoubtedly inherited her talent from her mother’s family, which included a number of artists.

Salient detail: Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750, Den Haag) enjoyed to choose imaginary compositions for her floral works. She painted from specimens in the botanic garden where her father gave lessons in botany, and from preserved flowers from her father’s collection. Usually flowers that people wanted to preserve were dried between sheets of paper, but Frederik Ruysch was able to preserve flowers in such a way that they continued to look like they were in bloom. That preservation technique enabled Rachel Ruysch to create a composition of flowers which bloom in different seasons. She was able to replicate them with such realism that she enjoyed great success.

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historic
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Three of today’s leading trendsetters have each created a contemporary artwork especially for The Green Gallery, inspired by the beautiful painting ‘Still Life with Flowers’ by Rachel Ruynsch. Their contemporary interpretations of Ruysch’s piece are truly breathtaking. Explore, and enjoy__________.

Martyn Thompson

Ruby Mary Lennox

Our Food Stories

Rachel Ruysch

She enjoyed international fame with her refined and detailed floral still lives. Rachel Ruysch had a great talent, painting was her passion and her life. Even as a young girl she had an exceptional aptitude for drawing and painting. She undoubtedly inherited her talent from her mother’s family, which included a number of artists.

Martyn Thompson

Photographer and stylist Martyn Thompson has created images for leading brands including Hermès, Tiffany & Co. and Ralph Lauren, as well as editorials for global publications including Vogue, Architectural Digest and W Magazine. In addition to his two books with regular collaborator Ilse Crawford, Martyn has published two monographs: Interiors and Working Space: An Insight into the Creative Heart. Studio Martyn Thompson also produces unique wallpapers, murals and fabrics.

Cast of flowers

Chrysanthemums
Delphinium
Amaryllis
Miniature Roses
Silk Iris, silk peon

Martyn’s favourite flower

‘There are so many flowers that I love; the blue of the iris, the scent of lavender, daisies and dandelions, and flowers that grow along the side of the road. Poppies have always been very special; somehow wild and untameable, yet so fragile.’

Thompson: “In my photos I strive for a sense of environment, something tactile and textured. I love to work with daylight as it achieves the painterly quality I aspire to, also particularly appropriate to creating this image for The Green Gallery.”

“WHEN I MET MY BOYFRIEND HE WAS DRESSED HEAD TO TOE IN FLORAL PRINT; A VERY GOOD OMEN”

I’m drawn to a muted palette and a sort of raw beauty. I choose objects that are honest and well-crafted, and sometimes a little left of the centre, unusual in a very subtle way, like the painted cappaodemonti vases. I just love an aged patina. Flowers are always inspiring; fragile, sexy, determined, impermanent. They are as curious and varied as human beings. When I met my boyfriend he was dressed head to toe in floral print; a very good omen. On our first date, at the Institute of Art in Chicago, I saw Cezanne’s ”Blue Vase with Tulips”. This painting inspired a whole series of floral still lives which ultimately led to my latest venture with textiles. I began my career painting fabric and making clothes. I recently discovered that I could recreate my photos in tapestry form and a new world of experimentation is consequently unfolding______________.”

Cast of flowers

Chrysanthemums
Delphinium
Amaryllis
Miniature Roses
Silk Iris, silk peon

Photography
Martyn Thompson

Video
Evan Strang

Stylist
Conor Burke

Prop credits ceramics
Dove Drury, Hornbuckle

Black capodimonte
Diana Sharp

Martyn’s favourite flower

‘There are so many flowers that I love; the blue of the iris, the scent of lavender, daisies and dandelions, and flowers that grow along the side of the road. Poppies have always been very special; somehow wild and untameable, yet so fragile.’

Rachel Ruysch

She enjoyed international fame with her refined and detailed floral still lives. Rachel Ruysch had a great talent, painting was her passion and her life. Even as a young girl she had an exceptional aptitude for drawing and painting. She undoubtedly inherited her talent from her mother’s family, which included a number of artists.

Ruby Mary Lennox

Florist Mary Lennox offers a popular appointment-only flower & garden service in Berlin. They source the best seasonal produce from local growers and markets to create gift bouquets, site-specific indoor landscapes, and artistic installations. Owned and operated by Ruby Barber, it is named after the character in Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, The Secret Garden. A story about the beauty, mystery and rejuvenating qualities of nature. By chance Ruby's first studio was also situated on the corner of Mary and Lennox Street in Sydney, Australia. Currently it’s located at The Store x Soho House, Berlin.

Cast of flowers

Forget-Me-Not
Poppy
Sweet Pea
Ranunculus
Delphinium
Muscari
Fritillaria
Jasmine
Viburnum Blossom
Vanda Orchid
Spider Orchid
Hellebores
Citrus Aurantium Corrugato

Ruby: ‘My interest in flowers started from a very early age. In Australia, as a child, you are constantly surrounded by nature, and always encouraged to explore the gardens and bushlands around you… Stories that involved mystery and nature were among my favourites, and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden was no exception. Once I even dressed as the main character - my company’s namesake - Mary Lennox, for a costume party. Little did I know then what the impact of that story would have on my life! I’ve always enjoyed the tale of Mary finding comfort from a hidden garden in a new place, but it wasn’t until my move from Sydney to Berlin that the story almost felt like my own. I arrived in Berlin in the winter, so watching the city transform into spring was one of my most inspiring and enchanting experiences - so different from what I was used to in Australia! At that stage, I had been running my own floral service and working as a freelance florist in Sydney, New York and Europe for some very admirable florists. The Berlin spring really gave me the energy and excitement I needed to launch Mary Lennox.

‘If you look in the right direction, you can see the whole world is a garden_______.’

Since then, I feel like we’ve come a long way. The challenges of working in a completely new environment, with different markets and seasonal influences, have shaped the way that Mary Lennox has grown. Now, as a team of three - myself, Olivia & Paola - we are not only working with cut flowers, but plants too. We love helping people to style their balconies or apartments with sustainable plant life, and love to encourage people to start growing their own flowers. This was the motivation behind the Mary Lennox Seed Collection. We selected some of our favourite flowers suitable for growing in both gardens and window boxes. The response has been amazing! It seems that other people get as much joy from watching the sprouts grow into flowers as we do. Further in the future we hope to grow our own flowers, and use the garden or greenhouse as a space to help educate people about flower cultivation, but one step at a time____________!’

Ruby: ‘My interest in flowers started from a very early age. In Australia, as a child, you are constantly surrounded by nature, and always encouraged to explore the gardens and bushlands around you… Stories that involved mystery and nature were among my favourites, and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden was no exception. Once I even dressed as the main character - my company’s namesake - Mary Lennox, for a costume party. Little did I know then what the impact of that story would have on my life! I’ve always enjoyed the tale of Mary finding comfort from a hidden garden in a new place, but it wasn’t until my move from Sydney to Berlin that the story almost felt like my own. I arrived in Berlin in the winter, so watching the city transform into spring was one of my most inspiring and enchanting experiences - so different from what I was used to in Australia! At that stage, I had been running my own floral service and working as a freelance florist in Sydney, New York and Europe for some very admirable florists. The Berlin spring really gave me the energy and excitement I needed to launch Mary Lennox.

‘If you look in the right direction, you can see the whole world is a garden_______.’

Since then, I feel like we’ve come a long way. The challenges of working in a completely new environment, with different markets and seasonal influences, have shaped the way that Mary Lennox has grown. Now, as a team of three - myself, Olivia & Paola - we are not only working with cut flowers, but plants too. We love helping people to style their balconies or apartments with sustainable plant life, and love to encourage people to start growing their own flowers. This was the motivation behind the Mary Lennox Seed Collection. We selected some of our favourite flowers suitable for growing in both gardens and window boxes. The response has been amazing! It seems that other people get as much joy from watching the sprouts grow into flowers as we do. Further in the future we hope to grow our own flowers, and use the garden or greenhouse as a space to help educate people about flower cultivation, but one step at a time____________!’

Cast of flowers

Forget-Me-Not
Poppy
Sweet Pea
Ranunculus
Delphinium
Muscari
Fritillaria
Jasmine
Viburnum Blossom
Vanda Orchid
Spider Orchid
Hellebores
Citrus Aurantium Corrugato

Photography & video
Tabea Mathern

Ruby’s favourite flower

“At the moment, my favourite flower is wisteria. It’s so rare to be able to work with cut wisteria, and often I can only admire it draping beautifully on the vine, just out of reach. In an ideal world, I would have wisteria covering the whole façade of my house and dense curtains of it all throughout my garden!”

Photography & video
Tabea Mathern

Ruby’s favourite flower

“At the moment, my favourite flower is wisteria. It’s so rare to be able to work with cut wisteria, and often I can only admire it draping beautifully on the vine, just out of reach. In an ideal world, I would have wisteria covering the whole façade of my house and dense curtains of it all throughout my garden!”

Rachel Ruysch

She enjoyed international fame with her refined and detailed floral still lives. Rachel Ruysch had a great talent, painting was her passion and her life. Even as a young girl she had an exceptional aptitude for drawing and painting. She undoubtedly inherited her talent from her mother’s family, which included a number of artists.

Our Food Stories

Nora studied fashion design and works as a (food) stylist alongside photographer Laura. Together they run the utterly beautiful and popular blog Our Food Stories in Berlin.

Cast of flowers

Roses

Nora: “We decided to write this blog when Laura was feeling really bad due to her gluten and histamine intolerance. We started cooking together every day, and while we were looking for recipes, we realised that there were not a lot of recipes that are low in histamine or that were gluten-free. This was how ‘our food stories’ were born in summer 2013. Now things have changed a bit - Laura is feeling much better and she can now even eat things again which are not low in histamine. All our recipes are still gluten-free and from time to time you will still find some recipes that are low in histamine as well.
As our studio is located outside Berlin we spend almost half our time in the countryside.
Apple and pear trees, berries, cherries, walnuts, elderberries, fresh herbs and flowers grow in our garden and are the perfect inspiration. All the food that we use for our recipes and in our daily life is organic or from the local farmers’ market. As are the little rose petals that we used for this recipe. There is a poem by Christian Morgenstern about roses, it´s called “Von den heimlichen Rosen” which means something like “About the hidden roses” which we really, really like and which expresses our feelings towards flowers in general quite well (actually it´s only the first verse).
Here is the German version:
Oh, wer um alle Rosen wüßte,
die rings in stillen Gärten stehn -
oh, wer um alle wüßte, müßte
wie im Rausch durchs Leben gehen.”

In English:

Oh, anyone who knew about all the roses,
dotted around peaceful gardens -
oh, anyone who knew about them all, would
go through life in a frenzy.

‘In our garden we grow apple and pear trees, berries, cherries, walnuts, elderberry, fresh herbs and wild flowers, they are the perfect source of inspiration.’

Since we love sharing our food with other people, family and friends, we started the series dinner stories. The thinking behind this series is to show people (who sometimes are not used to eating gluten-free) how easy and delicious it is to prepare gluten-free meals and that you don't have to eat alone just because you have to follow a certain diet. And of course, it's also nice to have a peep into other kitchens, right_______?”

‘In our garden we grow apple and pear trees, berries, cherries, walnuts, elderberry, fresh herbs and wild flowers, they are the perfect source of inspiration.’

Since we love sharing our food with other people, family and friends, we started the series dinner stories. The thinking behind this series is to show people (who sometimes are not used to eating gluten-free) how easy and delicious it is to prepare gluten-free meals and that you don't have to eat alone just because you have to follow a certain diet. And of course, it's also nice to have a peep into other kitchens, right_______?”

Cast of flowers

Roses

Nora and Laura’s favourite flower

‘Our favourite flowers are peonies and mimosas. We love peonies, because they grow in our garden and remind Laura of her childhood. Every year we look forward to seeing them bloom again. Mimosas are some of our favourite flowers simply because they are so gentle and beautiful. You have to treat them very carefully and be mindful.’

DIY Candied rose petals

• edible rose petals
• 1 egg white
• sugar
Whisk an egg white briefly, put sugar in a soup bowl and line a baking tray with parchment paper. First coat each rose petal with egg white using a silicon brush, then spread sugar on both sides of the petal and place it on the baking tray. Bake the rose petals for 45 min to 1 hour at 65° Celsius in a fan oven.

Nora and Laura’s favourite flower

‘Our favourite flowers are peonies and mimosas. We love peonies, because they grow in our garden and remind Laura of her childhood. Every year we look forward to seeing them bloom again. Mimosas are some of our favourite flowers simply because they are so gentle and beautiful. You have to treat them very carefully and be mindful.’