We at The Bermudian magazine were deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of friend and long-time contributor Christine Watlington. 

Christine first worked with The Bermudian Publishing Company when her seminal book, Bermuda’s Botanical Wonderland was published by Macmillan in 1996 and distributed to local stores through us. 

Christine’s exceptional talent as a botanical artist was surpassed only by her kindness and tender-hearted nature. Always a twinkle in her eye and quick with a smile, Christine was a delight to encounter for all who met her and became a devoted contributor to The Bermudian for almost sixteen years as the illustrator for Liz Jones’ nature column, Naturally Speaking. 

Christine’s talent and passion as an artist, gardener and garden designer will live on for all of us to enjoy for years to come and we, in particular, will be forever grateful for the artistic legacy she has left on The Bermudian.

  • The Flowers by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • All the names I know from nurse:
  • Gardener’s garters, Shepherd’s purse,
  • Bachelor’s buttons, Lady’s smock,
  • And the Lady Hollyhock.

Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames—
These must all be fairy names!

Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!

Fair are grown-up people’s trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

A retrospective of Christine Watlington’s work will be on display and available for purchase at Masterworks from May 20th, 2022.