BOOKS


The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery (London: Ilex); Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 2016; 224p.
From the introduction: "More than an archive of illustration and inquiry, this book documents an extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Europe was enjoying a golden age of scientific discovery; naturalists were exploring the globe, and there was a clamoring for knowledge of the natural world. A pedagogical curiosity was no longer limited to elite salons and research; education was now considered a right afforded to all, in classrooms across the globe. And thus the botanical wall chart was born: a synthesis of art, science, and education."
This large-format book gives the wall chart its due, reproducing more than two hundred of them in full color. Each wall chart is accompanied by long-form captions that offer information about the science featured, the scientists and botanical illustrators who created it, and any particularly interesting or innovative features the chart displays. Horticulturalists and biologists will be pleased to discover useful information about plant anatomy and morphology and species differences. We see lilies and tulips, gourds, aquatic plants, legumes, poisonous plants, and carnivorous plants, all presented in exquisite, larger-than-life detail.

From the introduction: “The book’s chapters are organized by plant family, allowing readers to compare how illustrators from different countries and teaching backgrounds would represent the same species or family, and to learn about basic taxonomy (a summary of the family’s characteristics is included at the beginning of each chapter). In most cases, nineteenth-century botanists grouped species according to a classification system that persists today. In other cases, a species has since been renamed or reclassified—taxonomy is a subject that has long vexed botanists, striving to categorize plant species into groups that reflect their behaviors and evolution. Although Linneaus developed a useful framework of binomial nomenclature, it was only a beginning. Botanists today are still reclassifying and weighing morphological features. Just as species evolve, so does science.”

DISPERSAL PROJECT

Arnoldia: Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, “Dispersal” // Volume 71, no. 2. Autumn 2013
Evolve, Journal of The Ecology Center, “Seed Pods as Shelter” // Issue 09 Spring 2014
HYMN: Fear, the Laboratory Arts Collective"Death in the Garden" // Issue IV 2014
Print. The Dispersal series was first published at "Botany Blueprint"

OTHER


Garden Design, Columnist. My two columns were Art & Botany and Botanic Notables. Clips: Teddy Bear Cholla, The Shamrock, Return of the American Chestnut, The Marshall Strawberry, Glass Gem Corn, The Drama of Fruit & Flora, The North American Sylva. I also wrote an occasional flora-related DIY feature: Sun Printing, Wooden Wall Plaques, Tree Lamp.
Garden Design, Contributing Editor. Kurdistan: A Garden of Paradise; Portland's Rose Gardens
Fast Company, Writer & producer. Bye-Bye, Dubai
Lauren Greenfield / Evergreen Productions, Writer and editorial producer of documentary stories for publications including The New York Times, GQ, Zeit, Fast Company. Written projects included documentary film grants, story summaries captions, monograph content
Print; Columnist & type reviewer
Other clients include: Coca-Cola, Armchair Media, typographica.org,
The New York Photo Festival
; non-fiction content for independent filmmakers and photographers