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Re: Glass Flowers


I just found this one - this is fascinating, lots of detail, though fairly
long -

http://www.rps.psu.edu/sep99/glass.html

I also find it entertaining - the first picture is upside down - it's a
pitcher plant (I think that's the right common name - one of the carnivorous
plants).  It's displayed the other way, roots at the bottom where they
should be.  Whoever set the photos must have been thinking flowers go at the
top no matter what!

Libby


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "pdickson" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Glass Flowers


> Libby,
> could you tell me what website you were able to find some information
about
> this exhibit?  I think this is so interesting.
> thanks for sharing,
> Patricia
> zone 6b
> Oklahoma
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Libby Valentine" <L_Valentine@adelphia.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 8:56 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Glass Flowers
>
>
> > I'm on a short project at Harvard University, and I took a long lunch
the
> > other day and went over to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with
two
> > targets in mind: the special exhibit of photographs by Bradford Washburn
> > (mountaineer and photographer, I guess he would be considered a
> contemporary
> > of Ansel Adams but in the mountains,  pictures in the exhibition from
> > 1929-1978), and the glass flower collection.  The photographs were
> stunning.
> > I didn't know anything about the glass flower collection until I
happened
> to
> > follow a website link to it, but it is incredible.
> >
> > The flowers were commissioned in 1886 by a professor who wanted to have
> > 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
models
> > and then various enlarged flower and plant parts for study as well.
It's
> > amazing.  I cannot imagine the skill and patience required to accomplish
> > this - picture a 3 foot section of goldenrod, with all its tiny flowers,
> > including multiple flower-heads, stem, leaves.  Some of the models are
> > complete with root systems - basically look just like you pulled the
plant
> > up with most of the roots.  Kitty, I thought of you when I was trying to
> > remember some of the specific different plants represented there, since
> 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.
Oh
> > 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.  And
> > 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 not
> the
> > complex and impressive bloom available today, it was a single flower
with
> 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
varieties
> > 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
flowers
> > known to me appeared to look just like they do today.  They were
amazing.
> >
> > I wished some of you could have been there to share it with!
> >
> > Libby
> > Maryland zone 6
> >
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