BC: Jennifer Becker Photo Essay April 15th, 2011
FC: Gardens in Perpetual Bloom: Botanical Illustration in Europe and America, 1600-1850 John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Garden Tour
1: Gardens in Perpetual Bloom was curated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibit consists of more than 100 flower prints from a collaboration of botanists, horticulturists, painters, and printmakers working from the 17th to 19th centuries. Flowers hold a botanical interest and the prints found in this exhibit highlight all the little details of each plant variety depicted. Not only were these prints of scientific interest displaying structure, texture, tone, etc., but also visual appeal with grace, delicate lines and bold color. This exhibition traces the study of flowers from the wealthy and/or royal to the everyday gardener.
2: Problem: How to customize a traveling exhibit within the Ringling Museum of Art to best use the resources at the museum facilities?
3: Solution: Design a complimentary tour that leads visitors around the museum gardens to view real life examples of plants represented within the exhibit. Program Goal: To encourage guests to interact and learn from the museum gardens in conjunction with the 100 plus prints located within the exhibit. Objectives: | 1) Visitors will be able to recognize and name three different plants located in the museum gardens. 2) 1 in 2 visitors to the exhibit will view images of the exhibit prints while in the garden (tour map, signage or exhibit catalogue) 3) Visitors will tour the museum garden following their tour of the museum exhibit. 4) 1 in 4 guest will participate in the Gardens in Perpetual Bloom docent lead garden tour. | Tour is designed to encourage sensory and motor skills while comparing print and growing examples of plants. Educational Focus: nature, art, science, and discovery. Learning Styles: investigative, reflective, creative, deductive & scientific, motor engagement, and sensory.
4: Program Description: Many of the plants depicted within the exhibit can be found in the Ringling Gardens. In order to enhance the exhibit and encourage visitors to think about this exhibit while touring the gardens, Ringling Museum developed a garden tour.
5: Many of the plants illustrated in the exhibition can be found on the Ringling Estate. Look for this logo on the labels throughout the exhibition - these indicate which plants you can find on the Ringling's grounds. | Excerpt from wall panel.
6: The Ringling Museum has taken the exhibit and developed a complimentary garden tour that encourages guests to view the specimens the artists were painting with their own eyes. Marshall Rousseau, Interim Director for the Ringling Museum states “The exhibit is a rare opportunity to see a large variety of botanical illustrations during its peak period by trailblazing artists...Taking it a step further, we’re also connecting the story of these beautiful images to our renowned gardens.” Source: Drew, Ann. The Art of Botany. Fort Myers & Southwest Florida Magazine: March-April 2011. Retrieved from http://www.ftmyersmagazine.com/FtM-edit.PerpetualBloom.html
7: How does the real plant compare to the artist's illustration? | Excerpt from program map.
8: Problem: How do you encourage visitors to utilize the gardens as a resources for the exhibit Gardens in Perpetual Bloom?
9: Solution: use a symbol to remind guests of additional exhibit content in the museum gardens, design a program map, and post signs around the museum gardens locating plants from within the exhibit.
10: Use the key to find the plant specimens from within the exhibit in the museum gardens. | Program Map
11: Facts and scientific names of select plants.
12: Example of a program sign locating American Aloe in the museum garden.
13: Example of a program sign locating the Boatlily in the museum garden.