As gardeners and collectors of antique botanicals,
spring is our favorite season of the year; a time to show off our inventory and to start to view the flowers, plants and trees that inspired artists.
It is an exciting time to be in Philadelphia. Certainly the city’s biggest horticultural draw is The Philadelphia Flower Show, has just closed. A few blocks away, Franklin Square is open for its spring season. Early spring blooming plants are starting to appear in Bartram’s Garden. Whitchhazel, Japanese dogwood, Viburnum, the katsura-tree, and Korean abelialeaf are all in bloom at The Morris Arboretum. For those prepared to travel a little further afield, Longwood Garden’s Orchid Extravaganza continues through March 31st, the Tyler Arboretum is open, and Chanticleer in Wayne PA opens for the season on March 29th.
We invite you to schedule a time to view our holdings of 16th to early 20th century botanical artists. We look forward to hearing from you!
Hollie Powers Holt Denise DeLaurentis
Besler's 1613 engraving of Hyacinths and Violets
Ferrari created distinctive citrus fruit in 1646
Theodore De Bry spring bulb flowers, ca, 1641
Hill, Eden, or a Compleat Body of Gardening, 1756
Asparagus from Miller's Garderer's Dictionary, 1771
Abraham Munting, Phytographia Curiosa... 1696.
One of Philadelphia's original squares laid out by Penn and now beautifully restored