The Men Behind the Plants
FormatBlack India ink on 4-ply ivory board
Dimensions32.7 cm W x 51.7 cm H (Item)
29.2 cm W x 45.8 cm H (Platemark or image size)
DescriptionSix plant illustrations with leaves and flowers, created to accompany "The Men Behind The Plants" article featured in Morton Arboretum Bulletin of Popular Information. Includes text and sketches referring to their namesakes alongside illustrations.
Header: The Men Behind the Plants
Plants depicted, from left to right, top to bottom:
Forget Me Not
Illustration of Forget-me-not plant with a sketch of a pastor giving a sermon.
Text reads "brings memories of a Lutheran pastor who preached dull sermons"
Illustration of a Rosa Hugonis flower and leaves with a sketch of a hiking monk.
Text reads "was named for a Welsh missionary to Tibet"
Illustration of a Jeffersonia flower, leaves, and seeds with a sketch of Thomas Jefferson's mansion at Monticello.
Text reads "was named for a naturalist president"
Illustration of a Kalmia plant with a sketch of the eastern coast of North America, the Atlantic Ocean, the British Isles, and the northwest coast of Europe.
Text reads "is an American native named by a Swedish botanist for a Finnish student"
Illustration of a Pinus banksiana plant with a sketch of a sailing ship.
Text reads "brings memories of mutiny at sea"
Illustration of a Halesia plant with a sketch of a plant undergoing an experiment.
Text reads "commemorates the first experiments in plant physiology"
Appeared InMorton Arboretum Bulletin of Popular Information, vol.20, no.5, May 1945, p.19.