Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wicked Plants at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens...

The Wicked Plants exhibit opened at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens today.  What a deliciously malicious theme!  To kick things off, there was an author lecture and book signing by Amy Stewart, free tours, children's activities, an art opening featuring the hand-tinted botanical etchings of Briony Morrow-Cribbs and Discovery Carts laden with games and information.

Amy Stewart is such an entertaining and informative speaker!  She did a presentation on her new book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities.  Everyone in the audience was rolling with laughter and at points, caught panic-stricken doing mental inventories of the plants in their gardens or households and evaluating what dangers they presented.  During the book signing, Amy showed her box of botanical poisons.  Artist, Briony Morrow-Cribbs was also present for the signing and for the exhibition of her prints.  The image on the far right is one of her prints she did of rosary peas.

Above is the YouTube trailer to Amy's new book.  I think it captures the informative dark humor the book is written in.

Even with the additions of "wicked plants" to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and all the extra emphasis on the existing sinister shrubs, poisonous prickles, and menacing members of the flora kingdom, it seems as though the bunnies are doing just fine.

Below are a sampling of the photos taken of various flowers (mostly roses) and flora around the gardens:


Nicki said...

Hey, have you ever thought of making a flower calendar for 2010?
Lovely pictures.

Andrew Thornton said...

That's a good idea!

jennifer said...

i was there a week ago for my first visit ever to the BBG. i was bummed this exhibit wasn't open yet, but I la-la-loved the bonsai room!