Online Library Exhibits
The Arboretum Library houses a Rare Book collection featuring unique plant and historical materials going back to the 1500’s. This exhibition highlights plant images from those books and connects them to actual species currently available for viewing at the Arboretum. If you have a smartphone, you can take this tour in real time. The Rare Book Room is not open to the public, so here is an excellent opportunity to see some beautiful botanical illustrations from days past. You can view the exhibit here.
The Arboretum Library has a large collection of southern California seed catalogs from the early 20th century, so we created an online exhibit to show you a sampling of what kinds of fruits and vegetables were being offered at the time. The exhibit features selected pages from over twenty nurseries in the southern California area displaying a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Highlights from the exhibit include pages from catalogs dating back to 1888 as well as examples of what to grow in your Victory Garden to help support the war. You can view the exhibit here: Early Fruit & Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California.