A small selection of garden related sketches, photographs, books and ephemera is currently on view in the Research Center. These collections enhance our understanding of O’Keeffe’s love of nature and her careful and detailed planning methods. Materials like these were used to help inform garden planning in the O’Keeffe Garden Project.
Here is a behind the scenes look at some of the materials in Case 1:
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement
Josiah Conder (1852-1920) was a British architect who lived, taught and worked in Japan. With this text, Conder was among the first to introduce the art of Japanese floral arrangement to a Western audience.
Roses of Yesterday
This catalogue from 1949/50 is full of annotations and pieces of ephemera for garden planning.
Roses of the World in Color
Ten bookmarks, three of which are on display, were found inside this book indicating specific roses with labels handwritten by O’Keeffe. Also tucked inside the book were clippings.
Tori Duggan, Research Center Associate