A garden is a place to rest, relax, rejuvenate. It also provides an opportunity to learn about nature. Staff at Smithsonian Libraries and Archives are also learning and developing new skills. Some of these new skills are related to digitization and accessibility of biodiversity literature.
Our friends at The Biodiversity Heritage Library asked this question in social media last year and offered up vibrant, joyful portraits of the amaryllis instead. But one commentator declared more »
Today is National Watermelon Day. Here are some virtual melons for you to savor until you can get the real thing …
For those who have visited both the Smithsonian Institution Natural History’s Orchids: A View from the East and Freer | Sackler’s The Orchid in Chinese Painting, they’d be amazed by the contrast between the vibrate colors of the live orchids and the monochrome ink representation done in the Chinese paintings.
To keep the holiday mood going, a patriotic-themed seed catalog from 1898, Vaughan's Seed Store Autumn Bulbs and Plants. —Elizabeth Periale