• Peter Berthoud

Garden Flowers

Updated: Sep 4

Garden Flowers Card Game, Pepys Series


First Published: 1961, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St Cross Street, London

Illustrator or Designer: Dora Ratman


Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet


Garden Flowers Box Front With Title Card
Garden Flowers Box Front With Title Card

There are 4 suits of 11 cards, all illustrated individually, there are three suits of Garden Flowers (Red, Blue & Yellow) and 1 suit of Weeds (Black), the 'worst' weeds have the highest numbers.


Garden Flowers cards: Blue - Love in a Mist, Iris, Campanula (Bellflower), Aster, Agapanthus, Viola, Scabious (Mourning Bride), Gentian, Crocus

Garden Flowers cards: Blue - Love in a Mist, Iris, Campanula (Bellflower), Aster, Agapanthus, Viola, Scabious (Mourning Bride), Gentian, Crocus


Garden Flowers cards: Blue - Clematis (Virginia Bower), Sweet Pea. Yellow - Hypericum (St. John’s Wort), Butterfly Gladioli, Nasturtium, Tulip, Potentilla, Primula, Marigold

Garden Flowers cards: Blue - Clematis (Virginia Bower), Sweet Pea. Yellow - Hypericum (St. John’s Wort), Butterfly Gladioli, Nasturtium, Tulip, Potentilla, Primula, Marigold


Garden Flowers cards: Yellow - Hemerocallis (Day Lilly), Trollius (Globe Flower), Rudbeckia (Cone-Flower), Daffodil. Weeds - Daisy, Plantain, Shepherd’s Purse, Dandelion, Nettle

Garden Flowers cards: Yellow - Hemerocallis (Day Lilly), Trollius (Globe Flower), Rudbeckia (Cone-Flower), Daffodil. Weeds - Daisy, Plantain, Shepherd’s Purse, Dandelion, Nettle


Garden Flowers cards: Weeds - Dock, Spear Thistle, Couch Grass, Ground Elder, Bindweed, Horsetail. Red - Heuchera (Alum-root), Monarda (Horse-mint), Geranium (Cranesbill)

Garden Flowers cards: Weeds - Dock, Spear Thistle, Couch Grass, Ground Elder, Bindweed, Horsetail. Red - Heuchera (Alum-root), Monarda (Horse-mint), Geranium (Cranesbill)


Garden Flowers cards: red Anemone (Windflower), Aquilega (Columbine), Echinacea, Gallardia, Salvia (Sage), Fuchsia, Chrysanthemum, Rose.

Garden Flowers cards: red Anemone (Windflower), Aquilega (Columbine), Echinacea, Gallardia, Salvia (Sage), Fuchsia, Chrysanthemum, Rose.



Dora Ratman provided the original illustrations for the cards, she was a well known botanical artist who had her worked reproduced in, and sometimes given as free gifts with, the magazine Amateur Gardener in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She also provided illustrations for many gardening books.


I have been unable to find out much about Dora Ratman's life or career. The British Dental Association's Dental Museum own a portrait of Dentist S. I. Blairman by Dora Ratman but I cannot find other examples of her work in museums or galleries.


Some auction houses refer to Dora Ratman RA but the Royal Academy do not have her listed amongst their previous Academicians.



Game & Version Details



Garden Flowers - Card Back



Garden Flowers - Rules Front



Garden Flowers - Rules Back



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