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Bacon's pictures of trees. Oak.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
Bacon's pictures of trees. Oak.
Author: Bacon, G. W. (George Washington), 1830-1921.
Call Number: QK495.F14B33

Zoe.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
Zoe.

La villa ed il giardino : rivista mensile di orticoltura.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
La villa ed il giardino : rivista mensile di orticoltura.

Annual report of the Lake Shore Grape Growers' Association, for ...

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
Annual report of the Lake Shore Grape Growers' Association, for ...
Author: Lake Shore Grape Growers' Association.

Garden Center tidings.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
Garden Center tidings.

Yearbook / the Ottawa Horticultural Society.

New Book Arrivals - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 5:00pm
Yearbook / the Ottawa Horticultural Society.
Author: Ottawa Horticultural Society.

Another tussie-mussie : collection of flower & garden sentiments in prose and verse.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:05pm
Another tussie-mussie : collection of flower & garden sentiments in prose and verse.
Call Number: PN6110.F6T69 1930

The spirit of the woods : illustrated by coloured engravings / by the author of "The moral of flowers."

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:05pm
The spirit of the woods : illustrated by coloured engravings / by the author of "The moral of flowers."
Author: Hey, Rebecca.
Call Number: PR4789.H2S65 1837

Books beautiful : for your garden library.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:05pm
Books beautiful : for your garden library.
Author: Trovillion Private Press.
Call Number: Pamphlet 24

Blooms and bouquets of the 1860's : a centennial nosegay / Wayne Countryside Garden Club.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:05pm
Blooms and bouquets of the 1860's : a centennial nosegay / Wayne Countryside Garden Club.
Call Number: SB317.75.I4B56 1961

More Green fingers, another present for a good gardener / by Reginald Arkell ; pictured by Eugène Hastain.

New Book Arrivals - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:05pm
More Green fingers, another present for a good gardener / by Reginald Arkell ; pictured by Eugène Hastain.
Author: Arkell, Reginald, 1882-1959.
Call Number: PR6001.R5M67 1938

How botanical artists from India to Japan captured orchids

Garden Blog - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:21pm

Drop by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library to see rare book illustrations of hand-colored orchids in Asia that give a new perspective to Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show. 

Of all the rare orchid books in the library’s collection, it’s a challenge to select illustrations for an exhibition to complement the Garden’s annual Orchid Show. Since the Orchid Show is so colorful, featuring 10,000 orchids in bloom, we usually try to showcase things that really pop. And although there are some extraordinarily colored illustrations in the library’s free rare books exhibition Asian Orchids Illustrated, I wanted to focus on the scientific and historical aspects of the works.

Displayed in the first case of Asian Orchids Illustrated is a rare 1874 volume of Japanese physician Yokusai Iinuma’s botanical encyclopedic compendium, Shintei Somoku Zusetsu. It features a partially hand-colored illustration of the orchid Cypripedium japonicum, which can be found in China, Japan, and Korea. The plant has been used in China to treat malaria, snake bites, and lower back pain.

Also featured are three oversized tomes of the Annals of the Royal Botanical Garden, Calcutta, featuring partially hand-colored orchid plates by Indian artists and lithographers. The orchids featured in this case are Dendrobium densiflorum; the leaves are ground into a paste and used for bone-setting in India, and Goodyera biflora, which is used for tuberculosis, as an anti-inflammatory, and for snake bites.

Dendrobium densiflorum

Dendrobium densiflorum

Goodyera biflora

Goodyera biflora

And finally, the third case contains six different volumes showcasing the interesting history of the Rothschild slipper orchid, often claimed to be one of the most expensive and sought-after orchids of our time. This poor orchid has been through the proverbial ringer, so to speak. Not only has it had its name changed without being consulted, from Cypripedium Rothschildiana to Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum, but it has been often mistaken for other species of orchids, has been misrepresented by collectors, and has had its bloom time genetically modified. Lastly, but most importantly, it has been to the brink of extinction. On display at the Orchid Show is a hybrid Paphiopedilum that’s related to the Rothschild’s slipper orchid.

On Sunday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 27, the Lenhardt Library hosts  a free talk at 2 p.m. about these extraordinary books that contain orchidaceous history on their beautifully illustrated and typeset pages. After the talk, you will be invited to view a few more “orchid-delectables” in the library’s Rare Book Room.    

©2018 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

How botanical artists from India to Japan captured orchids

Lenhardt Library Blog Posts - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:21pm

Drop by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library to see rare book illustrations of hand-colored orchids in Asia that give a new perspective to Asia in Bloom: The Orchid Show. 

Of all the rare orchid books in the library’s collection, it’s a challenge to select illustrations for an exhibition to complement the Garden’s annual Orchid Show. Since the Orchid Show is so colorful, featuring 10,000 orchids in bloom, we usually try to showcase things that really pop. And although there are some extraordinarily colored illustrations in the library’s free rare books exhibition Asian Orchids Illustrated, I wanted to focus on the scientific and historical aspects of the works.

Displayed in the first case of Asian Orchids Illustrated is a rare 1874 volume of Japanese physician Yokusai Iinuma’s botanical encyclopedic compendium, Shintei Somoku Zusetsu. It features a partially hand-colored illustration of the orchid Cypripedium japonicum, which can be found in China, Japan, and Korea. The plant has been used in China to treat malaria, snake bites, and lower back pain.

Also featured are three oversized tomes of the Annals of the Royal Botanical Garden, Calcutta, featuring partially hand-colored orchid plates by Indian artists and lithographers. The orchids featured in this case are Dendrobium densiflorum; the leaves are ground into a paste and used for bone-setting in India, and Goodyera biflora, which is used for tuberculosis, as an anti-inflammatory, and for snake bites.

Dendrobium densiflorum

Dendrobium densiflorum

Goodyera biflora

Goodyera biflora

And finally, the third case contains six different volumes showcasing the interesting history of the Rothschild slipper orchid, often claimed to be one of the most expensive and sought-after orchids of our time. This poor orchid has been through the proverbial ringer, so to speak. Not only has it had its name changed without being consulted, from Cypripedium Rothschildiana to Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum, but it has been often mistaken for other species of orchids, has been misrepresented by collectors, and has had its bloom time genetically modified. Lastly, but most importantly, it has been to the brink of extinction. On display at the Orchid Show is a hybrid Paphiopedilum that’s related to the Rothschild’s slipper orchid.

On Sunday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 27, the Lenhardt Library hosts  a free talk at 2 p.m. about these extraordinary books that contain orchidaceous history on their beautifully illustrated and typeset pages. After the talk, you will be invited to view a few more “orchid-delectables” in the library’s Rare Book Room.    

©2018 Chicago Botanic Garden and my.chicagobotanic.org

Adventures in veggieland : help your kids learn to love vegetables with 100 easy activities and recipes / Melanie Potock.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Adventures in veggieland : help your kids learn to love vegetables with 100 easy activities and recipes / Melanie Potock.
Author: Potock, Melanie, author.
Call Number: TX801.P68 2017

The bee book / Charlotte Milner.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
The bee book / Charlotte Milner.
Author: Milner, Charlotte, author, illustrator.
Call Number: QL568.A6M56 2018

Proceedings of the Eleventh World Orchid Conference, March 1984, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. / editor, Kiat W. Tan.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Proceedings of the Eleventh World Orchid Conference, March 1984, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. / editor, Kiat W. Tan.
Call Number: QK495.O64W927 1984

Head gardeners / Ambra Edwards ; photographs by Charlie Hopkinson.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Head gardeners / Ambra Edwards ; photographs by Charlie Hopkinson.
Author: Edwards, Ambra, author.
Call Number: SB466.G7E39 2017

Werner's nomenclature of colours : adapted to zoology, botany, chemistry, mineralogy, anatomy, and the arts / by Patrick Syme ; illustrated by Abraham Gottlob Werner.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Werner's nomenclature of colours : adapted to zoology, botany, chemistry, mineralogy, anatomy, and the arts / by Patrick Syme ; illustrated by Abraham Gottlob Werner.
Author: Syme, Patrick, 1774-1845, author.
Call Number: ND1510.S96 2018

Colors with ladybug / written by Dawn Sirett ; design and illustrations, Rachael Parfitt Hunt.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Colors with ladybug / written by Dawn Sirett ; design and illustrations, Rachael Parfitt Hunt.
Author: Sirett, Dawn, author.
Call Number: PZ8.3.S6174Col 2018

Our native bees : America's endangered pollinators and the fight to save them / Paige Embry.

New Book Arrivals - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00pm
Our native bees : America's endangered pollinators and the fight to save them / Paige Embry.
Author: Embry, Paige, author.
Call Number: QL567.1.A1E43 2018

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