Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 1, 2013

Huntington Exhibit: Exploring the History of California Wildflowers

The Huntington Library has scheduled a major show on California Wildflowers from March 9 to June 10. There will be over 300 items including drawings, paintings, and  herbarium specimens. Here is a description of the show:

A collaborative project of The Huntington, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, “When They Were Wild” interprets the unique diversity of California flora from its origins to its current popularity. California’s rich plant life has captured the imagination of horticulturists, scientists, and artists for more than a century. This diversity has been depicted by a legion of amateur naturalists who were also talented artists, including Alice Brown Chittenden, Clara Mason Fox, and James Milford Zornes. Their illustrations, complemented by herbarium (plant specimen) collections, publications, and ephemera, depict an era when many of these species passed from growing wild into domestication. Some 200 items in the exhibition tell the story of the iconic beauty of California plants and teach about the botanical, ecological, and horticultural nature of native flowers.

For more information go to: The Huntington Library.


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