image credit: Frontispiece to The Parlour Gardener: A Practical Treatise on the House Cultivation of Ornamental Plants (London, 1863).
Ph.D. candidate Lindsay Wells is this year’s winner of the Schewe Award for the best paper by a graduate student in Art History. Her paper, written for Prof. Preeti Chopra, breaks new ground in showing how British terrariums, used in variety of ways, such as in the transportation of plants, became part of the everyday in the domestic interiors of upper class Victorian households. These decorative, transportable plant cases showcased plants and instilled disciplines of care. At the same time, they were a daily reminder of the environmental crisis in cities where plants could no longer thrive in outdoor gardens.
Lindsay will give a public presentation based on her paper on Friday, September 15th at 4 p.m. in Room L140 of the Elvehjem Building. The title of her talk is “Close Encounters of the Wardian Kind: Plant Cases and Ecological Crises in the Victorian Parlor.” There will be a reception to follow in Granger Hall, Rm. 5120.