POD is a private school of botanical illustration established by

James & Rachel de Candole in 2018, and situated in the grounds of their house in Copşa Mare, a tiny farming village in southern Transylvania, Romania.

The village is hidden in the middle of tens of thousands of hectares of old oak, beech & hornbeam forest, mixed with lowland wood pastures exceptionally rich in flora & fauna.


The de Candoles are a  

 founding subscriber to the 

Transylvania Florilegium

Here is Işık Güner writing about the class she led in May 2019 

 Once Again - Transylvania Meadows 

 And here are 

 John Akeroyd's local field guides,

Indicator plants 


Indicator butterflies 

 For more details, please write to 

 James de Candole 

 For images of the village and its surroundings, please visit 


 Photo by Wolfram Schneider 

 No reproduction without permission