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The Twelve Months of Fruits: May

4 May 2022

As we wait for the spring rains in Pittsburgh to abate so that we may venture into the garden, we turn to The Twelve Months of Fruits (1732) for inspiration. May offers varieties of apples, cherries, currants, pears and strawberries—any of which will be a lovely addition to a salad when the lettuce is ready. Its growth is vigilantly monitored by the garden bunny.

For biographical information about artist Pieter Casteels (1684–1749) and publisher Robert Furber (ca.1674–ca.1756), see our Flora Portrayed exhibition catalogue.

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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.

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