The Twelve Months of Fruits: March
2 March 2020
Since the beginning of March is exhibiting decidedly lamb-like qualities, that early spring may be on its way, not that we doubted the prognostications of the groundhog or anything. With an early spring a distinct possibility, we wish that Rachel's plan to plant the park hillside facing the Hunt Library building had come to fruition. Instead we turn to The Twelve Months of Fruits (1732) for inspiration. March offers more varieties of apples and pears and adds oranges, olives and nuts to the mix.
For biographical information about artist Pieter Casteels (1684–1749) and publisher Robert Furber (ca.1674–ca.1756), see our Flora Portrayed exhibition catalogue.
About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.
Scarlett T. Townsend