First shown at the Botanic Garden in 2005, we’re bringing this exhibit back for an encore presentation. In the meanwhile, it has traveled to the
new Jersey State Museum, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Texas, the University of Northern Iowa Museums, and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Michigan!
The Earth's diverse environments create many challenges for plant survival, and plants have evolved adaptations that allow them to thrive under hostile conditions. This exhibit explores these diverse adaptations, from clinging to rock cliffs to eating other plants.
Biological explanations and artistic photography bring to life the resourcefulness and beauty of the plant kingdom. The viewer delves deep into a microscopic realm unseen by the naked eye. Imagine what an insect caught in a Venus flytrap might be seeing. Put on the 3-D glasses and enjoy!
See the online exhibit.
Commencement & Reunion
From Plants to Perfume
May 1 through May 31, 2016
Physiology House, Lyman Conservatory
Scent is an integral part of communities from around the world, from incense used in prayer to fragrant flowers offered as a sign of love, to the $30 billion perfume industry. The world of plants is central to this industry, supplying essential oils derived from flowers, barks and roots, supplying inspiration and imagery, and supplying molecules that can be manipulated into something new to the human nose. Perfumes available in the market are often a combination of different scents obtained from different plants, creating unique fragrances.
This exhibition focuses on the complexities of fragrance, featuring a collection of plants traditionally used in the perfumer's palette. We have tied each one to the distinct perfumes of French master, Serge Lutens.
Come visit the Lyman Conservatory for an exploration into this fascinating corner of botany and sample a fine French fragrance, Datura Noir.
Curated by Botanic Garden Intern Shabnam Kapur '16