It’s been such a pleasure catching up with my niece; today she emailed me with a tantalising snippet of information that she’d come across in a design magazine called Provider. There was a piece about a Dutch ‘flower engineer’ called Andreas Verheijen, who creates new flowers by combining the best parts of different flowers. He calls the results ‘transgender flowers’ and from the three small pictures that my niece sent me, they really are gorgeous.
I’ve been unable to find anything else about him on the web, so will simply quote my niece’s closing line: “transgender = beauty!”
Later edit: It’s probably not necessary, but just in case – I do not believe for a minute that these are truly ‘transgendered’ flowers, at least, not in the sense that I understand it. (Wikipedia has quite a comprehensive definition, whilst The 519 has a slightly more succinct version).
©2008 Helen G