The collection includes 35 watercolors of wildflowers growing at elevations
between 11,000-17,000 feet in Eastern Tibet. It is believed that these
the first botanical illustrations done in this geographical area.
They represent a number of plants that have been used for centuries
by local nomads for their medicinal properties, as well as plants of
HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
The northern Indian state
of Himachal Pradesh features wide plains, lush river valleys, and
Himalayan foothills. This state
is home to Tibet’s
exiled government, and hosts the Dalai Lama’s private residence and
monastery in the small mountain town of Dharamsala. Th is collection includes
paintings from the private gardens of Indian citizens, as well as 14 paintings
from the garden
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
THE SPIRIT OF THE GARDEN
An exhibit of paintings from various peace
gardens and spiritual locations. This collection currently includes:
- Lotus Garden in Chengdu, China
- The private garden of His
Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India
- Other gardens to be announced
BOTANICAL ART AS CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
Botanical illustrators traveled to the South Pacific and Asia with
the great European explorers from 1600-1800. They brought back thousands
of drawings and paintings - the first glimpses of life at the
edge of the world, expanding the cultural consciousness of Europeans
to include people and environments thousands of miles away.
The color blue appears in spectacular variations in nature. Shown as
a collection, this set of blue flowers illuminates the beauty and
power of many flower varieties. The collection currently includes:
iris, delphinium, blue orchid, forget-me-not, and poppy.