|Illustration courtesy Hatcher Graduate Library|
Unfortunately fragrance is not a part of this particular exhibit, but the artists and illustrators renderings of these spectacular specimens is open for viewing 10 a.m.5 p.m. MondayFriday and 10 a.m.noon Saturday.
Following the early 15th- and 16th-century herbals, books primarily about useful plants for medicinal purposes, interest grew in purely ornamental or garden flowers. Thus, the 18th and 19th centuries are known as the era of the Great Flower Book, a result of botanys emergence as a separate science and the introduction of the metal plate to replace the woodcut in illustration. As a result, the florilegium or picture books of beautiful plants came into being.
Samples of this art form in the exhibition include one of the first great flower books, published in 1613, and a publication by the French artist Redoute.
The exhibition includes illustrations of roses, lilies, American plants, English plants and the flora of Austria and the Himalayas.
For more information or to arrange a tour, call (734) 764-9377.