On view June 22nd - September 17th
Presence of Plants in Contemporary Art features work by contemporary artists who practice with living plant material. These artworks invoke themes associated with the fragility of life, the impossibility of permanence, and the construction of personal meaning through memory. Rather than using nature as a subject for depiction—as occurs in traditional landscape painting—these artists incorporate and manipulate plant species to help us reflect on the meanings and associations that influence our relationship with the natural world.
Isabella Stewart Gardner constructed her art museum to center horticulture as a ‘living art,’ placing the blooming Courtyard at the heart of her galleries and cultivating numerous species of plants to establish a living collection that still exists today. This exhibition exemplifies the Gardner’s long tradition of interdisciplinary experience by uniting contemporary artistry with its horticultural and garden arts.
While this efflorescent exhibition flourishes at the Museum, shop Gift at the Gardner's blooming collection inspired by Presence of Plants! Browse our carefully curated selection of stylish gardening tools, seed packets, indoor grow kits, artist books, and sustainably made housewares and personal accessories in-store and online!
These luminous notecards capture the beauty of the forest floor, from ferns to fungi.
Share the wonders of the woods with fellow nature lovers. Julya Hajnoczky's photographs celebrate the oft-overlooked world of mushrooms, mosses, ferns, and other foraged treasures. Carefully arranged against striking black backgrounds, these portraits of biodiversity lend a fresh and sophisticated touch to your handwritten messages.
The Deep Dark Forest Notes Notecard Set goes beyond the world of flowers to explore other beauties of the natural world. The back of each card includes the common and scientific names of the flora and fungi, highlighting the wonderful biodiversity featured in the photographs.
20 different notecards and envelopes
Published by Chronicle Books, 2023
5.5" x 4.4" x 1.7"
$7.95The Monaco Pen is an elegant fine point pen that is the perfect, stylish addition to a home or office. Featuring a soft touch finish and high quality ball point construction, the Monaco Pen feels beautifully heavy in the hand so you know you're using a well crafted instrument. Monaco, by Bruno Visconti is a classic Italian pen made with only the best materials, including the ink and tips.
With our nasturtium seed packet, anyone can grow the very same variety of flowers that are cultivated during our annual tradition of hanging colorful displays of nasturtium vines. Contained in this packet are 30 nasturtium seeds, hand packed in the Museum. Each packet contains instructions for these easy-to-grow seeds.
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Vining height measures 60"
Bloom season: Mid-summer through fall
Environment: Full Sun
Deer Resistant: Yes
$7.95The Monaco Pen is an elegant fine point pen that is the perfect, stylish addition to a home or office. Featuring a soft touch finish and high quality ball point construction, he Monaco Pen feels beautifully heavy in the hand so you know you're using a well crafted instrument. Monaco, by Bruno Visconti is a classic Italian pen made with only the best materials, including the ink and tips.
$17.95The Pollinator Garden Tea Towel features those all-important garden plants and their friends. A hummingbird, butterflies, bees, and other garden pollinators are shown alongside their favorite garden plants.
Artist Catherine Rowe has sprinkled her magic onto this piece with her fairytale print Into The Woods. The structured tote handbag is lined with Catherine's beautiful print. The design is also featured on a silky twilly scarf wrapped around the handle. Switch between the grab handles and cross-body strap to switch up your look. Crafted from certified vegan leather in forest green, this bag has ample space and zipped pockets making it your new plus-one for book-store browsing, date nights, and weekend dinners with friends.
Outer made of 100% vegan leather; inner made of 100% polyester; scarf made of 100% polyester
Measures 13.38"L x 8.26"H x 4.72"D