Glass flowers

Have you ever heard of the Harvard Museum’s collection of glass flowers? This is a huge collection of over 4,300 flowers from some 780 species. The models were made because one of the professors wanted life-like models for teaching botany, and only paper mache or wax models were available at the time. Could you ever guess this picture shows a glass model of apple blossom?

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The website has a wonderful video about the collection, look for the Exhibit video ‘Harvard restores its famous glass flowers’.

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