New Highlights Video for Gardening Exhibit
Even though planting season is technically over, many of us still have gardening on the brain. In that same vein, the Fisher Library's current exhibit, "How Does MY Garden Grow: The Education of a Gardener," which opened in April, continues on through the summer. The range of materials on display is impressive: from a 15th century incunable titled Ruralia commoda - published in Germany in the 1490s, it contains woodcuts depicting plants and agricultural and horticultural techniques (an image from the book can be seen on the left) - to more modern works such as Lois Wilson's Chatelaine's Gardening Book from 1970. In total, there are approximately 80 items on display.
The Fisher's Acting Director, Anne Dondertman, curated the exhibit. In this video seen below (you can also access it on the Fisher's YouTube channel), she highlights some of her favourite items in the exhibit. These include the incunable with its charming woodcuts, along with some books by the noted 18th century plantsman Philip Miller, and a unique salesman's sample book from the late 19th century which contains 204 illustrated plates and folds into a wallet-style black leather cover.
The exhibit runs until September 14.