Ex Libris Virve Roost (signed)
3.5 x 3.5″, red ink on paper, signed by artist
naked women with plant
Virve Roost (1933-2019) was an Estonian biologist and horticultural scientist. He worked most his life in the Tallinn Botanical Garden.
After graduating from University of Tartu in 1956, he worked as a biology and chemistry teacher at Vasalemma Secondary School for two years. In 1958, he started working in the ornamental horticulture sector of the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Academy of Sciences, on the basis of which the Tallinn Botanical Garden was founded in 1961. He worked there most his life, from gardener to head of the tropical and subtropical flora sector. He resigned from his position in 1993 at his own request. After that, he worked as a gardener in the greenhouse for a few years, then as a contract worker he organized a rich collection of black and white photographs of the Tallinn Botanical Garden and scanned the slide collection of the Botanical Garden into a computer. Completing the collection of greenhouse plants (approx. 2000 taxa) and designing the first exposition was his life’s work. His scientific work was mainly related to orchids, in which he successfully defended his candidate’s degree in 1979. He has spoken at several global and European orchid conferences, and in 1980 he organized the first Soviet orchid conference in Tallinn. Published articles in European and American orchid magazines. He was an active promoter of his profession, wrote more than 100 articles, appeared many times on radio and television, and published popular science books. Among the foreign languages, Russian, Finnish, German and English were spoken. Research Field of research: growing tropical orchids under cover, growing houseplants. Under his guidance, one of the richest collections of greenhouse plants in the Baltics (about 2,000 taxa) was created in the Tallinn Botanical Garden and an exposition was designed. More than 100 references. (translated from Estonian Wikipedia article)