From Flore des serres et des Jardins de l'Europe, L. van Houtte, C. Lemaire, M. Scheidweiler, 1845-1883.
Louis Benoit van Houtte (1810-1876) was a Belgian horticulturist who was with the Jardin Botanique de Brussels between 1836 and 1838 and is best-known for the journal Flore des serres et des Jardins de l'Europe, an extensive work boasting more than 2000 colored plates in 23 volumes published between 1845 and 1883. Van Houtte founded L’Horticulteur Belge (1833–1838), a monthly magazine, in November 1832. He also started a shop selling seeds and garden tools. Botany continued to hold his interest, and the tropical plants flooding into Europe provided a wealth of material for study. At the height of European orchid mania in 1845 he despatched plant collectors to the Americas to search for orchids and other exotic plants. Van Houtte produced plants for European conservatories and cultivated the first Victoria Lily on the Continent. By the 1870s van Houtte's nursery was flourishing, covering 14 hectares and comprising 50 greenhouses. The business was carried on by van Houtte's son, when he died in 1876.
These lithographs are strikingly lush depictions of a subject matter obviously very close to the artist's heart. Many include small delicately drawn morphological details.
Contains material from the Wikipedia article Louis van Houtte