The Fourth New York Botanical Garden Triennial with the American Society of Botanical Artists
Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, and Field celebrates the astonishing diversity and fascinating history of cultivated plants grown for clothing, healing, and most of all, for food. The subjects of these works were discovered on international travels, picked up at the farmer’s market, even plucked from artists’ own gardens. As the artists spent time with their chosen plants to ensure faithful depictions, they each learned about the history of cultivated varieties or the significance of wild relatives that played an important role in yielding the fruits and vegetables we know today. The exquisite works on view here, all original artworks created by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists, celebrate the artistry of plant breeding; the challenges of maintaining genetic diversity in domesticated crops, many of which have lost traits that can help them resist climate change, environmental stresses, and disease; and the potential for rejuvenation to be found in heirloom and ancient plant revival.