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Martine Robinson

Artist's statement and description:Martine grew up on a farm in the Koo Valley in the Montagu district, Western Cape. She excelled as an art student at the Hugo Naudé Art Centre in Worcester and obtained a degree in Architecture from the University of the Free State in 1989. While working for Gabriel Fagan Architects in Cape Town she was mainly involved with the restoration of the Castle of Good Hope. As a student she was approached by the Montagu Museum to illustrate the indigenous medicinal herbs of the district of which some are published in a herbal booklet and on postcards. She attended Master Classes in Botanical Art by Katie Lee (from USA) in 1998 and Jenny Phillips (from Australia) in 1999. Martine participated in the Inaugural Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2000 and was awarded bronze medals consecutively at the Kirstenbosch Biennale Exhibitions of 2002, 2004 and 2008. Last year she participated in the Tipping Point exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum and a solo exhibition at the Montagu Rose and Garden Festival. Her artworks are found in many private collections and appear in the Botanical Society of SA calendars of 2004 and
2020. She is a member of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa.

Pelargonium burgerianum is a rare pelargonium, named after my father, Pieter Burger, was discovered in the Koo Valley near Montagu in 1992. These plants, growing in course sandstone derived soil, have short stems, hairy leaves and stalks and deep growing rhizomes connecting other plants which allow them to tap water well below the surface. The flowers have light pink petals which are red abaxially with small dark red shiny embossed areas on the two posterior petals. These serve as false nectaries to attract a small fly as its possible pollinator. Although P. burgerianum is a pioneer plant creating a habitat after fire, it is extremely difficult to cultivate.

Lachenalia bulbifera is a deciduous, winter-growing geophyte, endemic to the western and southern coastal parts of the Western Cape. It flowers early winter and bears scarlet tubular flowers with green and maroon tips. While the foliage of L. bulbifera vary from one to two, occasionally spotted leaves, this specimen has a single leaf. After flowering, bulbils form at the base of the leaf.


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