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#ColorOurCollections

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The New York Academy of Medicine launched a social media campaign called #ColorOurCollections, where cultural institutions around the world are invited to create downloadable coloring sheets and books using items in their collections.  The Oak Spring Garden Foundation has a rich library of rare books and manuscript items that have played important roles in the history of botanical art and science. We think this campaign is a great way to share some of our collection, connect people to the art of botanical illustration and promote creativity!

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Jane Loudon

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Jane Loudon (1807-1858) revolutionized both science fiction literature and the art of gardening by making it accessible to amateurs and women. The Oak Spring Garden Library has six second-edition volumes of her most successful work, The Ladies' Flower-Garden. We share her story.

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Winter at Oak Spring

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The leaves have fallen and the ground has frozen, but there is still plenty of life and beauty to be found in Bunny Mellon's garden. Click through the slideshow below to explore Oak Spring during the winter months.

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A flower bud blooms again after 100 million years.

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In paper published in this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society (UK Academy of Science) Professors Friis, Pedersen and Crane describe the remarkably well preserved bud of an ancient flower recovered from fossil deposits from the the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, USA.

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Elizabeth Blackwell

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The Oak Spring Garden Library houses the works of many great women artists in its collection -- most of whom were ahead of their time in one way or another. One of these women, Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758), is best remembered for A Curious Herbal, which was conceived and published under curious circumstances. The Oak Spring Garden Library has a copy of both volumes of A Curious Herbal, along with 73 of the original manuscript paintings she did for the book. Here is her story.

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Welcome to OSGF’s First Horticultural Interns!

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Oak Spring’s upcoming horticultural interns from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) joined us this week for a brief orientation to our gardens and grounds. Carly Amarant and Ralph Portillano are currently students at NYBG's School of Professional Horticulture (SoPH), where they have been receiving both academic and hands-on training in the art and science of gardening. 

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