We are pleased to be able to offer you this look at
past and present exhibitions which have been on view in the library's William
D. Rondina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery.
AND GARDENS PORTRAYED
On view May 1, 2002 - July 31, 2002
and Gardens Portrayed, the inaugural exhibition in the William D. Rondina
and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery, features more than 60 prized works
including one-of-a-kind publications and important illustrations by botanical
masters. The rarely seen books on display demonstrate the development
of published illustration to communicate knowledge about plants and gardens.
Ranging in date from 1190 to 1961, the works include medieval guides to
medicinal plants, records of botanical exploration, depictions of historic
gardens, and exquisite portraits of individual plants. Plants and Gardens
Portrayed is made possible with the generous support of William D. Rondina
and The Carlisle Collection. Additional funding was provided by the
New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Council for Humanities.
AND FLOWERS OF WINTER
On view November 15 - February 17, 2002
exhibition discusses the evolution of hothousehorticulture and looks at
the history behind some well known seasonal plants found in both indoor
and outdoor settings. Themes include the Greco-Roman myth of the origin
of winter, a walk in a winter garden and the evolution of the hothouse.
Also included is a rare glimpse of winter horticulture in federal era New
York featuring a unique manuscript ledger from an eighteenth century Manhattan
nurseryman. Several newly restored folio volumes on display for the first
time will give viewers a look at their little known magnificent hand colored
have fully illustrated catalogs available. Please contact the LuEsther
T. Mertz Library for reproduction rights information.