WREXHAM Museum is hosting an exhibition of plant portraits by Dr Harry Drinkwater, a plant collector and artist from a bygone age.
Entitled Dr Drinkwater's Excellent Botanical Compendium, the exhibition comes to Wrexham as a result of a partnership between the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and Wrexham Museum called Sharing Treasures.
The aim of the venture is to bring the treasures of Wales to people throughout the country and the funding has been provided by the National Assembly through the Council of Museums in Wales.
Dr Drinkwater, born in North-wich, moved to Wrexham in 1890 to work as a GP and often collected plants and flowers while he was on his way to visit patients in the villages and countryside around Wrexham.
When he returned home he painted them as accurately as possible, producing around 400 detailed and life-like watercolours, and in 1912 his plant portraits were displayed at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham.
The talented artist stopped painting in 1915 after being affected by the First World War and he decided to give most of his collection to the National Museum in Cardiff. He died in 1925.
The plant portraits have not been seen in Wrexham again, until now and the exhibition, which runs until October 4, also explores the medicinal properties of the plants he portrayed and some of the traditions and customs associated with them.
The exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday by Alan Pugh, Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport.
On Tuesday, August 12 the museum is providing the opportunity for families to learn about the science of plants.