Jean Emmons, “Eggplants,” watercolor on vellum, 2020.

Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm and Field

Discover the importance of plant diversity with Abundant Future.

Oct. 8, 2022 – Jan. 16, 2023

Freyer – Newman Center

Featuring 41 original botanical illustrations of cultivated plants, this exhibition highlights the importance of biological diversity among crops. Humans have generated a nearly endless diversity in plants through selective breeding. However, in our recent past, agriculture has focused on a narrower range of important crops, leading to greatly reduced variety. Lack of diversity raises the risk of widespread insecurity from changing climate, environmental stresses, and disease. This exhibition seeks to highlight the biological wealth in our cultivated plants and wild relatives. 


This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) for the fourth ASBA/New York Botanical Garden Triennial, curated by ASBA/NYBG.


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