When They Were Wild Art Exhibition at the Huntington

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

- Monday, July 8, 2013

Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM


Location: The Huntington

An Art Exhibition at The Huntington
MaryLou and George Boone Gallery
March 9 – July 8, 2013 (extended!)

Join us for a special Garden field trip to view this exhibition on June 1st, 2013

When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage

A collaborative project of The Huntington, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, “When They Were Wild” interprets the unique diversity of California flora from its origins to its current popularity. California’s rich plant life has captured the imagination of horticulturists, scientists, and artists for more than a century. This diversity has been depicted by a legion of amateur naturalists who were also talented artists. Some 200 items in the exhibition tell the story of the iconic beauty of California plants and teach about the botanical, ecological, and horticultural nature of native flowers.

image of original watercolor 'Lilium humboldtii' by Mary Hoodimage of original watercolor 'Fritillaria biflora' by Mary Hood

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is honored to provide several artworks of Elisabeth Hallowell Saunders, Mary Hood and Henry Mockel from the Blaksley Library Special Collections for this unique exhibition.  

Download the Programs & Resources Guide for the exhibit at the Huntington

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