Beauty in a Briefcase: Images from Horticultural Sample Books
Beauty in a Briefcase, an exhibit running from April 12 to October 13, 2013, features scanned illustrations and plate-books from 19th century American commerical nurseries.
In the mid-1800s, these firms hired salesmen to travel extensively, taking orders for trees and shrubs to be delivered the following spring. Their marketing tool of choice was the innovative nurseryman's "sample book" or plate-book. A few of these plate-books survive to present day. Sumptuously illustrated, they are as beautiful today as when first used. Andersen Horticultural Library has more than twenty plate-books in its collection, from which the material for this exhibit was drawn.
The exhibit is located at 9 stations, starting in the Oswald Visitor Center, continuing through the Restaurant Gallery (only until May 31) and connecting walkway ramp, the hallway leading to the Library in the Snyder Building, the Library reception, and throughout the interior of Andersen Horticultural Library. Select images found in the Restaurant Gallery will be for sale in the Gift Store.
Lucienne Taylor, creator/curator of the Beauty in a Briefcase exhibit, will give a talk about the exhibit and salesmen's plate-books—their development, history, usage and beauty. A number of plate-books from Andersen Horticultural Library's collection will be shown. The session, Inside the Collection: Beauty in a Briefcase, will be held on Saturday, April 13, 1-3 p.m. in the Snyder Building. Click for registration.