Monday, December 22, 2008
Long before the holidays were celebrated, evergreens were treasured - even worshipped - by ancient peoples. Pagan druids and Celts of France and Britain viewed forest evergreens as special symbols of hope, in the dark, cold winter. From them, we have inherited the holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life and the branch of evergreens over the door to keep evil spirits at bay.
Fourth graders in HSNY’s Apple Seed Program at CS 154 (on West 127th St) took a close look at branches of Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Juniper and Holly. Comparing leaf adaptations and structure, they found needles in bundles of 5, scale-like leaves and waxy, thorny leaves. As a unique challenge, our students created these amazing works of art without using any hues of the color green.
Article by Pamela Ito
To learn more about, volunteer with or support the efforts of Apple Seed, please feel free to contact Pamela Ito, Director of Children’s Education: email@example.com.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Two astonishing photographs, circa 1910, were recently donated to the HSNY Library by the grandson of a former board member. John Canning (1874-1940), horticulturist and superintendent of the White Plains estate of Adolph Lewisohn, also a board member, won a series of prizes for extraordinary bush chysanthemums. For many years HSNY’s Annual Autumn Exibition was held at the American Museum of Natural History. These chysanthemums were exhibited in the foyer of the Museum.
From the HSNY archives this rapt description of the 31st Annual Autumn Exhibition:
Over 65,000 people swarmed through the doors of the American Museum of Natural History during the four-day exhibit.. Despite weather hazards and the recent hurricane, the quantity and variety of plant material equaled, if not surpassed, that of other years. Chrysanthemums, Orchids, Roses, Gourds, vegetables, and a plentiful supply of miscellaneous flowers were displayed.”
Mums the word… Guess what was in the foyer? This chrysanthemum chair which took first prize for standards, or plants trained in intriguing forms.
Article by Katherine Powis, HSNY Librarian
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Horticultural Society of New York presents
Darren Almond, Carol Bove, Julia Margaret Cameron, Ian Campbell, Peter Coffin, Sharon Core Ann Craven, Tacita Dean, William Eggleston, Roe Ethridge, Jane Freilicher, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Amy Granat, Zach Harris, Susannah Hewlett, Katie Holten, Ellsworth Kelly, Jude Miller, John O, Dennis Oppenheim, Edgar Orlaineta, Giuseppe Penone, Pipilotti Rist, Gino Saccone, Jim Sams, Hiraki Sawa, Roman Signer, James Welling, Carol Woodin, Francesca Woodman
Curated by Jodie Vicenta Jacobson
Friday, December 5, 2008
That is exactly what we did! Here are some photos of the euphorbia in its new space, the reading room at the HSNY.
Thank you again, Joel & Sheila.