Exploring the science of plants, from the field to the lab
Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 1 2017, by Matt Newman
From the bloom of our ever-fragrant lilacs to the dainty dramatics of the Auricula Theater, spring’s progress isn’t hard to see here at NYBG. The crabapples are waking near Daffodil Hill, and the magnolias—always some of the season’s top charmers—are still trucking along with pink and white blooms. Meanwhile, the Azalea Garden is becoming a sea of color.
Check out what’s beautiful now!
Tree of the Week: Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood
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Flowering dogwood is a lovely deciduous tree with year-round appeal including spring blooms, showy fall fruit and foliage, along with interesting bark. In spring before the plants fully leaf out, small green and yellow flowers open surrounded by creamy white, showy bracts. Groupings of the cultivar ‘Cherokee Princess’ are located in the native border of the Native Plant Garden and on the slope outside the Stonemill. Other cultivars and species of this smaller native tree are concentrated in the Native Plant Garden, Azalea Garden, and in the Forest.
Posted in From the Library on May 1 2017, by Esther Jackson
Esther Jackson is the Public Services Librarian at NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library where she manages Reference and Circulation services and oversees the Plant Information Office. She spends much of her time assisting researchers, providing instruction related to library resources, and collaborating with NYBG staff on various projects related to Garden initiatives and events.
Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery was one of my Top 10 Popular Science Books of 2016. As I wrote in my earlier review, author Anna Laurent has curated an exquisite collection of historic botanical art. “More than an archive of illustrations and inquiry, this book documents an extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” she writes. “Europe was enjoying a golden age of scientific discovery; naturalists were exploring the globe and there was a clamoring for knowledge of the natural world.”
The art in this book comes specifically from botanical wall charts. These charts were created as teaching tools during the 19th and 20th centuries. Produced by professors, biologists, illustrators, writers, and botanists, wall charts were used in classroom instruction to supplement lessons involving living or vouchered plants. These wall charts were first documented in Germany in the 1820s. In addition to featuring many beautiful German charts, the book includes examples of charts from various countries.