hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

RE: Glass Flowers

That had to be awesome Libby! I think this also shows how the 'old era'
of how pride was taken in your work. Thanks for sharing this with us,
although I am betting we all would have liked to seen it. 


> The flowers were commissioned in 1886 by a professor who wanted to
> life-like models from which to teach botany all year round.  They were
> made
> from 1887 through 1936 by a father and son team of glassmakers near
> Dresden,
> Germany.  Not quite all of the models are on display, but I understand
> there
> are over 4000 models of about 850 species, including plant specimen
> and then various enlarged flower and plant parts for study as well.
> amazing.  I cannot imagine the skill and patience required to
> this - picture a 3 foot section of goldenrod, with all its tiny
> including multiple flower-heads, stem, leaves.  Some of the models are
> complete with root systems - basically look just like you pulled the
> up with most of the roots.  Kitty, I thought of you when I was trying
> remember some of the specific different plants represented there,
> the
> labels had the botanical name (but I'm not sure as of when!) and then
1 to
> 3
> common names for each model.  I'm afraid I tried to remember too many,
> because now I can't, with any confidence in correctness, remember any.
> well.
> Everything from 7 species of salix to clematis to chickory to venus
> flytrap
> to a couple small cactus in flower - picture one of those, a 6" high
> section
> with hundreds of spines and multiple flowers - must have taken weeks
to do
> just that one! There were 2 models of foot long maple twigs, showing
> summer
> and autumn color, probably a dozen leaves on each twig.  All glass.
> they look so real - I kept reminding myself I wasn't just looking at a
> bunch
> of cuttings.  I found the dahlia interesting because the flower was
> the
> complex and impressive bloom available today, it was a single flower
> a
> small number of wide petals.  I am not familiar with all the history
> behind
> the cultivation of the dahlia, but I believe some of the fancier
> might well have been developed in the last hundred-plus years, so that
> particular one, and also the clematis, which was very plain, seemed
more a
> model from a historical point in time - the rest of the plants and
> known to me appeared to look just like they do today.  They were
> I wished some of you could have been there to share it with!
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement