June 6, 2011
These orchid shirts, with a design pulled from the amazing collection of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, are fast becoming a favorite of NYBG staffers. It’s a great design, and the shirts are whisper soft. If you can’t make it to Shop in the Garden to pick one up for yourself, they’re available Online, too.

These orchid shirts, with a design pulled from the amazing collection of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, are fast becoming a favorite of NYBG staffers. It’s a great design, and the shirts are whisper soft. If you can’t make it to Shop in the Garden to pick one up for yourself, they’re available Online, too.

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

Title page

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 17, 2011
From the Library: Agaricus contortus

As illustrated in Herbier de la France by Pierre Bulliard.

These digitized volumes were added by The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library to the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Mertz Library is a contributing member to the BHL consortium.

May 4, 2011
From the Library: Tulipa ‘Yellow Prince’

 This photo was taken 99 years ago today.

Source: The New York Botanical Garden’s historical photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

April 5, 2011
From the Library: Crocuses in the Grass on April 5

In the year 1929. From The New York Botanical Garden’s archival photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

March 31, 2011
From the Library: Play Ball!

It is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, but did you know that The New York Botanical Garden once fielded its own baseball team? Here is a photo of the 1938 squad - David the bat boy included.

From The New York Botanical Garden’s archival photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

March 24, 2011
From the Library: Mr. Williams’s Lesson

Robert S. Williams

Robert S. Williams, an early administrator at The New York Botanical Garden, instructs schoolchildren on mosses and ferns in the Garden’s Forest. We’re unsure about the exact date of this photograph but it was taken circa 1911. The children—almost all of them, anyway—seem interested in their lesson.

From The New York Botanical Garden’s archival photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

March 16, 2011
From the Library: Palm House, March 1942

Moving palm trees in the Conservatory

The rearranging of palm trees underway in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—sixty-nine years ago this month. A little right…a little left…perfect! From The New York Botanical Garden’s archival photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

March 2, 2011
From the Library: Naturalist Eugène André

Eugène André

Expeditions were not for the fainthearted. Here are two portraits of naturalist Eugène André—before and after his journey through Venezuela, 1900-1901. From The Caura, a narrative of a journey up the Caura River, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden.

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