Special Guests Coming to the Flower Show

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Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

A collection of worldly and historic guests will gather for the 2010 Show, when Passport to the World showcases plants descended from or representing those discovered in early expeditions and those exhibited in the very first Flower Show in 1829.

This winter, Show Designer Sam Lemheney will travel to the nation’s capital to acquire plants from the United States Botanic Garden, including a 5-foot-tall vessel fern, a direct descendant from the Wilkes Expedition.

From 1838 to 1842, U.S. Navy Lt. Charles Wilkes led a team that traveled the world and collected 50,000 plant and bird specimens and more than 250 live plants, a major contribution to the growth of science in America.

The vessel fern (Angiopteris evecta) from New Zealand was one of four plants that is thought to have survived from the expedition to form the core of the U.S. Botanic Garden collection. The original pressed-herbarium specimen is part of the U.S. National Herbarium at the Smithsonian Institution.

The vessel fern will be incorporated into the Show’s Central Feature, called the Explorer’s Garden. We can’t wait for it’s arrival!

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