Album with seventeen specimens of flowering plants that were collected, dried, and arranged by Ralph L. Dixon and his wife, Hetty G. Dixon. The album contains specimens of 17 plants that were gathered by the Dixons, mostly in the vicinity of Washington D.C. (Georgetown, Great Falls, and the C. & O. Canal towpath) in 1924. Two of the final group of specimens were gathered in Montana and the Rocky Mountains in 1960.
The book is made up of cutouts, mostly from red paper, that have been mounted on the pages of the volume. The cutouts represent people, animals, birds, flowers, and designs.
The Roche Collection documents some of the work of John and Mary Alice Roche, garden photographers who photographed numerous gardens throughout the United States. Several of the Roches' images appeared in popular gardening magazines and books on flower arranging from the 1950s and 1960s.
The four flowers are specified as Si junzi (lit. four gentlemen), which are considered important motifs in Chinese ink painting.
This collection consists of 327 watercolors of flowers painted by Adelia Gates. It represents a fragment of a collection of 502 Gates watercolors donated to the Smithsonian by Eleanor Lewis in 1913. Approximately 175 watercolors are missing. The paintings cover a wide range of native and exotic plants and a majority of the studies were made in...
This accession consists of images of cephalopods, octopuses, and flowers used by S. Stillman Berry, malacologist. Materials include glass plate negatives, film negatives, black and white photographs, lantern slides, and a color transparency.
This accession consists of lantern slides, primarily of birds, bird eggs, and nests; ferns and wild flowers; miscellaneous subjects such as people, boats and places; negatives and transparencies; and postcards.
This accession consists of five volumes of special prints of original paintings of North American Wildflowers by Mary Vaux Walcott, wife of Charles D. Walcott. The volumes were published in 1925 by the Smithsonian and sold in two editions.
This collection contains over 37,000 35mm slides, 3,000 glass lantern slides and garden files that may include descriptive information, photocopied articles (from journals, newspapers, or books), planting lists, correspondence, brochures, landscape plans and drawings. Garden files were compiled by Garden Club of America (GCA) members for most of the gardens included in the collection. Some gardens have been photographed over the course of several decades; others only have images from a single point in time. In addition to images of American gardens, there are glass lantern slides of the New York Flower Show (1941-1951) and trips that GCA members took to other countries, including Mexico (1937), Italy, Spain, Japan (1935), France (1936), England (1929), and Scotland. A number of the slides are copies of historic images from outside repositories including horticultural and historical societies or from horticultural books and publications. The GCA made a concerted effort in the mid-1980s to acquire these images in order to increase its documentation of American garden history. Because of copyright considerations, use of these particular images may be restricted.
The collection contains the records of W. Atlee Burpee & Company and includes accounting records, seed trial records, seed contracts, sales records, contracts, inventories, office correspondence, contest letters, seed catalogs, pamphlets, advertisements and advertising reports, daybooks, photographs and other items relating to the company and some of its competitors. The collection is not comprehensive and includes significant gaps.