June 1, 2011
From the Library: The Alhambra, Text and Illustrations

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Library digitized and added Albert Frederick Calvert’s Granada and the Alhambra (London: J. Lane, 1907) to the Biodiversity Heritage Library several years ago. (The New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library is a contributing member to the BHL consortium.) Feel free to flip through the book.

It might make you want to visit in person NYBG’s Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra exhibit, which runs through August 21, 2011. If you do, be sure to visit the Library as well. Its Historical Views: Tourists at the Alhambra is currently on view in the William D. Rondina and Giovanni LoFaro Gallery.

 In the meantime, a list of illustrations in Granada and the Alhambra begins on page xxi.

May 20, 2011
The exhibition Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, continues outside of the Conservatory with a Poetry Walk through the Perennial Gardens featuring the works of Federico García Lorca alongside the plants featured in his beautiful poems.
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

The exhibition Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, continues outside of the Conservatory with a Poetry Walk through the Perennial Gardens featuring the works of Federico García Lorca alongside the plants featured in his beautiful poems.

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

May 20, 2011
Though technically not a part of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, the beautiful pool in the Conservatory Courtyard, with its goldfish, koi, waterlilies and lilypads add to the serene, exotic, indulgent air of the exhibition.
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

Though technically not a part of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, the beautiful pool in the Conservatory Courtyard, with its goldfish, koi, waterlilies and lilypads add to the serene, exotic, indulgent air of the exhibition.

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

May 20, 2011
The beautiful, tinkling fountain that is the centerpiece of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra is surrounded by flowers of all colors.
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

The beautiful, tinkling fountain that is the centerpiece of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra is surrounded by flowers of all colors.

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

May 20, 2011
Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra is a multisensory exhibition. The halls of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory are filled with some of the most fragrant flowers, trees, and shrubs—including many different types of citrus.
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra is a multisensory exhibition. The halls of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory are filled with some of the most fragrant flowers, trees, and shrubs—including many different types of citrus.

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

May 20, 2011
For Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, we have recreated some of the most beautiful elements, including fountains and pools, of Spain’s famous Moorish fortress.
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

For Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, we have recreated some of the most beautiful elements, including fountains and pools, of Spain’s famous Moorish fortress.

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

May 20, 2011
Our latest exhibition, Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, opens to the public tomorrow. We’re going to post a few exclusive shots from today’s Members’ Preview to get you excited to visit the exotic lands of this fabled fortress without ever having to leave New York!
Photo by Ann Rafalko.

Our latest exhibition, Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra, opens to the public tomorrow. We’re going to post a few exclusive shots from today’s Members’ Preview to get you excited to visit the exotic lands of this fabled fortress without ever having to leave New York!

Photo by Ann Rafalko.

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