Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

by Kate Stonefoot, Manager of Visitor Engagement
December 18, 2017

Brookline students showcase botanical illustrations at the Arnold Arboretum

Brookline High Student - Sketching

Drawing for Understanding in Field Science is an innovative course for high school students that combines natural science and visual art. Developed at Brookline High School with a grant from The 21st Century Fund, the course helps students study and understand the natural world through observational drawing. The students’ botanical illustration projects are currently on […]

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Heritage Apples at Royal Horticultural Society

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 16, 2017

Heritage Apples at Royal Horticultural Society

The Alexander Apple 1818. Watercolour by William Hooker (1779-1832)

Heritage Apples People have been growing apples for centuries – developing thousands of apple varieties, each with their own unique taste and appearance. Sadly, many of these varieties have disappeared or are very rare. In 1805 Thomas Knight, one of the founder members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), encouraged gardeners to experiment with producing […]

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John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 20, 2017

John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925

John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925

John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925: The Complete Paintings, Volume IX The last in a series of books devoted to the work of John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), this volume covers the figure and landscape works that Sargent produced between 1914 and 1925. The story begins with the artist painting with friends on vacation in […]

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Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 1, 2017

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

Creighton Educational Garden

Learn Botanical Illustration at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens feature over 1,500 different taxa from more than 150 different plant families. The 22 acre park includes the Alexandra Botanic Garden (mostly woody specimens), The Bog Garden (established in 2011), The H. H. Hunnewell Arboretum (named after Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, after whom […]

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Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

by Guest Writer: Mary Taylor Simeti
April 28, 2017

Where Biodiversity Blooms—The Survival of Sicilian Wildflowers

Motya wildflowers landscape_mary taylor simeti

Sicily, the biggest of the Mediterranean islands, boasts over 3000 different wildflowers that grow on its shores. The exuberant island wildflowers create explosions of form and color that have long astonished and inspired visitors from northern climes to come to admire the island’s flora–historical diaries and letters from visitors to the island are full of […]

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Science and the Artist’s Book

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 12, 2016

Science and the Artist’s Book

Science and the Artist's Book

Science and the Artist’s Book An exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts Science and the Artist’s Book is an exhibition which explores links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format. In 1993, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) invited a […]

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The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
December 12, 2016

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery by Anna Laurent Botanical charts are experiencing a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of scientific and historical significance, and The Botanical Wall Chart documents this extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Europe […]

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Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 30, 2016

Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration

Flora

Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration by Sandra Knapp Using exquisite botanical paintings from the Library of the Natural History Museum as its starting point, Flora examines the fascinating history of 20 plants including such favorites as cacti, daffodils, irises, magnolias, poppies, roses, tulips, and waterlilies. Sandra Knapp’s text weaves scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic […]

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The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
October 17, 2016

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King Kew is eminent worldwide in botanical science and the study and preservation of plant species, and Christabel King has been doing illustrations for them for 40 years and is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and […]

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The Rare Book Room

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
September 30, 2016