Celebrating the Women of Botanical Art

Celebrating the Women of Botanical Art

When Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon was a child, she was far more interested in examining the nuances of her grandmother’s garden than in the usual girlhood pursuits. When she died in 2014, she left behind an amazing botanical legacy, which is shared through the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, headquartered on the site of her former estate. Throughout her life, she amassed a collection of horticultural-themed books, art, and manuscripts that are displayed in the whitewashed-stone library on the property. Within the collection are the works of women botanical artists, many of whom never received the recognition they so richly deserved. OSGF has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to shine the spotlight on these amazing women and their contributions to the field of botany. Here are a few samples from Oak Spring’s library:

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