Portmeirion Botanic Garden
A true British classic, Botanic Garden porcelain tableware was created by the celebrated pottery designer, Susan Williams-Ellis. Botanic Gardenís delightful mixture of floral motifs and signature leaf borders set a new trend for casual dining when introduced in 1972 and is just as stylish today. This most recognized collection of British ceramics was inspired by early 19th century illustrations and takes its name from the poem, The Botanic Garden. Written by Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin, it is a nod to the antique botanical books filled with delicate flora and fauna drawings that Williams-Ellis used in the design of this popular collection for Portmeirion.
There were 32 motifs introduced that first year, and over 40 years later, more than 70 motifs have been created. These designs often change seasonally, with some being withdrawn only a few years after introduction. These hard-to-find sets are sought after by collectors. Furthermore, ordering new editions of Botanic Garden ceramics is often an adventure as patterns tend to vary, which means that the pattern ordered may not necessarily be the same as the pattern received. Botanic Garden admirers enjoy this as it is a great way to create a unique, mix and match set of kitchenware.