Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in NSW in 1936;
Margaret Pieroni worked as an artist in advertising for more than 20 years. A mnove to W.A. in 1974 enabled her to combine her love of Australian plants with her painting. In more than 20 years of travelling over W.A. she has studied and photographed all species of Dryandra and collected type specimens for eight new species. Margaret grew over 70 dryandras in her Perth garden before moving to Denmark on the south coast of WA in 2004.
In her words: "my discovery of Western Australian wildflowers in the wild, began with a trip with my parents from my home state of New South Wales in 1973. Without the benefit of very much knowledge of botany, we relied on photographs and descriptions in a few books in order to identify the plants we were seeing for the first time. Since then I have lived and worked amongst the magnificent flora here in Western Australia. Membership of the Society for Growing Australian Plants and the knowledge gained from botanists, both amateur and professional, during meetings and excursions with the Wildflower Society and working as a botanical illustrator has increased my appreciation of the beauty and diversity of our unique flora."
She has authored, co-authored and/or illustrated many books on Australian botany, including Brush with Gondwana: Botanical Artists Group of Western Australia (2008), The Dryandras (2006), Verticordia: the turner of hearts (2002), Discovering the wildflowers of Western Australia (1993), Exploring granite outcrops (1990) and Leaf and branch: trees and tall shrubs of Perth (1990). Pieroni is also recognised for a significant contribution to specimen collection and horticultural research into dryandras, series Banksia ser. Dryandra, formerly regarded as genus Dryandra.
Source: Extracted from: back dust-jacket for Cavanagh & Pieroni (2006) 'The Dryandras', SGAP.
Hickman, E.J. et al (1017) Botanical illustration and photography: a southern hemisphere perspective, Aust Syst Bot, CSIRO.
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: Ewen Hill, back dust-jacket for Cavanagh & Pieroni (2006) 'The Dryandras', SGAP.
Data from 396 specimens