Wendy Walsh was one of Ireland’s foremost botanical artists. She illustrated over a dozen botanical books, and designed postage stamps for the postal service of Ireland, and for Kiribati (formerly the Gilbert Islands). In addition she has worked with the late Sybil Connolly on fabric designs for Brunswick and Fils, and ceramics for Tiffany’s, including designs based on the flower collages of Mary Delany.
She is known internationally for her books produced in conjunction with the distinguished botanist Dr Charles Nelson, former taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens , Dublin. “An Irish Florilegium” won a bronze medal for the most beautiful book in the world” at the Leipzig Book Fair.
Wendy Walsh has exhibited internationally, including Kew Gardens in London, and was the only living artist represented in the Chester Beatty collection. She was given an Honorary D Litt. by the University of Dublin(Trinity Collage)in 1997, and in 1998 was made a life member of the Royal Dublin Society.
She has won 4 gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society in London, 2 gold medals from the Alpine Garden Society, and a Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, and is a member of The Society of Botanical Artists of Britain. Two days before her death she was made an honorary member of The Irish Society of Botanical Artists.
”She is at the pinnacle of botanical art” said Professor Grenville Lucas, ex-keeper of the herbarium and library at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London, “she has gained international recognition for the beauty of Irish Flora, which had never been shown before”