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"Masterclass & house party combined.

Truly an exceptional place to study and to stay!" 

Our students spend a full week observing, identifying, sketching & painting seasonal wild plants growing in the grasslands above Copşa Mare.


 Periods of intensive study at your desk are balanced with fieldwork in this farmed landscape, home to some 300 species of flowering plants. 


Resident botanist Mihaela Sava is creating a grasslands herbarium for the school. She leads a team of illustrators in the production of an illustrated fieldguide.    


We are lucky enough to have the Transylvania Florilegium in our botanical library. This splendid collection of 124 paintings of local plants drawn by 37 botanical artists, each accompanied by botanist John Akeroyd's text, has become a valuable part of the teaching of the school.  


The school is an exceptional place to study, and to stay. All meals are eaten together at home, with food grown & prepared by your hosts. Nor do we overlook the Oom-Pah-Pah, serving quality regional wines after class. Who needs a minibar when you have a cellar? 


And there are very comfortable beds in your own charming bedroom to fall into after all that fresh air. 


One guest described her stay like this: "A week-long house party for artistic guests with a thing about plants."​ 

 Here is Işık Güner writing about her class Transylvania Meadows 

John Akeroyd's local field guides 

Indicator plants | Indicator butterflies | Grasslands

 Paul White's observations on the

flora & fauna of Transylvania

Wild Transylvania


 László Rákosy's field guide

to all 202 species of the

Butterflies of Romania


For details please write to 

 James de Candole



 Photo by Sharon Schuster Thiollier 


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