How Lovely Are Thy Branches

Come October, a team of floral designers and garden staff sort dried elements by color and variety, dividing them into clusters that are placed in boxes. A few weeks later, the cartons make the journey upstairs, where the contents will be tucked among the branches of a fresh-cut tree that soars toward the ceiling of the Conservatory. These perfectly preserved flowers of spring and summer reprise their roles as natural beauties to the delight of Winterthur’s spellbound visitors.

Text Karen Callaway
Photography Courtesy Winterthur Museum

To learn more about Winterthur’s holiday tradition, see “How Lovely Are Thy Branches” in the November/December 2021 issue, available on newsstands and at

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