About the Exhibition

LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery

Spanning seven centuries and comprising nearly 80 significant works of art from the historic collection of the late Rachel Lambert ("Bunny") Mellon, the Art Gallery's latest exhibition showcases a lifetime of curation from this accomplished garden designer, legendary art collector, and noted philanthropist. Over the course of decades, Mrs. Mellon assembled a distinguished collection of botanical artwork and a library of more than 10,000 volumes on botanical subjects, reference resources that informed her professional pursuits as well as personal interests in Oak Spring's greenhouses and gardens. Redouté to Warhol reveals the wide range and breadth that has been inspired by the beauty of the plant world through the centuries.

About Oak Spring Garden Foundation

The mission of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation is to perpetuate and share the gift of Rachel Lambert Mellon, including her home, garden, estate, and the Oak Spring Garden Library, which comprises a celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art, and other related artifacts. The Foundation is dedicated to facilitating scholarship and public engagement on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes, and the importance of plants for human well-being. Learn more at oakspring.org.

Bunny Mellon photographed for Vogue, 1965
Horst P. Horst/Vogue © Conde Nast


About the Curators

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History at the Universita di Pisa. A prolific writer, Dr. Tomasi focuses on the relationships among art, science, and nature.

Tony Willis is Librarian of the Oak Spring Garden Library.

Susan Fraser is Vice President and Director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden.