"Did the people remember Dr. [Augustine] Henry? Did they know the K'ung-tung (local name of Davidia)? To these and similar questions they pleasantly answered in the affirmative. Would someone guide me to the tree? Certainly!" Recalling E. H. Wilson's search for the dove tree in China in 1899.
Have you seen this?
by William Cannon for The Harvard Gazette
For the first time in 25 years the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is producing a book on the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, better known as the Glass Flowers.
On a recent Thursday, a team delicately repaired, cleaned, and photographed select models in a dark, climate-controlled room. A good portion of the 4,000-piece collection, crafted exclusively for Harvard by father-and-son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from 1886 to 1936, lined shelves and bakery racks nearby.
The collection’s conservator, Scott Fulton, said he’s constantly asking himself of the Blaschkas: “How did they do this?”
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