Celebrating the intersection of art and agriculture, Art of the Heirloom showcases original works commissioned by the Hudson Valley Seed Library for their annual Art/Seed Pack collection.
The exhibition features works in a variety of media and styles such as oil painting, paper, collage, encaustic, colored pencil, and printmaking. Exhibiting artists range from the undiscovered to the up-and-coming to the world renowned. Each work of art becomes a unique seed pack.
As seed savers, we know how to tell an heirloom seed's genetic story. Grow it! But what about a seed's cultural story? Artists are cultural seed savers, selecting which kernels of beauty, color, and form they hope to keep alive and pass on for future generations. The artwork on the seed packets of the Hudson Valley Seed Library celebrates the importance of genetic and cultural diversity in our gardens.
Artworks: Brilliant Beet Blend by Bill Rybeck, Gift Zinnia by Nancy Blum, and Echinacea by Gabe Brown.
This summer's plant giveaways at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden feature some heirloom/open-pollinated varieties:
Speckled Roman tomato
Crimson King basil
Merlot heirloom lettuce
Partial funding is provided by the Harriet Kay and Harold R. Burnstein Fund for Exhibits.
Visit the exhibition and continue your experience with a class!
Earth's Bounty: Organic Farm and Lunch Experience Thursday, August 29 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Back to Basics: Jelly and Jam Tuesday, September 24 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Here at the Chicago Botanic Garden, we take seed preservation seriously. Seed banking—conserving and storing species away from their original habitats—enables plants to escape threats imposed by destructive habitat changes including urbanization, climate change, invasive species,overharvest, and pollution. The seeds may then be used for research and, as the need arises, to restore native plant communities.