About the book:
This is an account of the remarkable life of "Shadow" (Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe), especially about her adventures in Burma between 1897 and 1921 during which time she twice visited Mount Victoria (Natmataung) where she discovered, among other plants, Rhododendron cuffeanum and Rhododendron burmanicum. She painted more than a hundred large watercolours of native Burmese orchids, and was given the task of establishing the Maymyo Botanic Garden. Lavishly illustrated with numerous examples of Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe's watercolours, including portraits of Burmese orchids, Rhododendron cuffeanum and of "Shadow's buttercup" (Anemone obtusiloba f. patula), and an original watercolour, commissioned from the late Wendy Walsh, of Aesculus indica. 223pp, approx. 200 illustrations; designed by Tony O'Hanlon, Propellor Design, Galway; printed & bound by Nicholson Bass, Belfast. "... beautiful book. This glorious volume ... highlight[s] the lost art of letter-writing."