This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, at which prominent local horticulturist, Bertrand Farr (1863-1924), was awarded a gold medal of honor for his irises. The show explores the Exposition and Farr’s work in the area of hybridization.
You’ll see fascinating memorabilia including an expo gold medal, tickets, postcards, pennants, historic photographs, examples of Farr’s catalogs, and images of his most popular irises. In the late 1920s, a great number of our Arboretum’s specimens were generously donated by Farr from his superb botanical collection of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, gathered from all over the world. They were carefully located throughout the park, and many of the species that you see today are from the original planting.
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And, beginning June 8, be sure to catch our new exhibition, “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World,” where you’ll learn about more infamous scandals in the art world, as well as test your own skills of perception! Info at: http://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/.../.../intent-to-deceive.php
This exhibition — through the use of graphic panels, interactive modules, youth activity sheets, artifacts and specimens — takes a look at how scientists utilize the process of evolution to encourage the selection of useful mutations for increased disease resistance, healthier and larger plants, and maintained diversity. It's presented in our First Floor Science Gallery and funded by the National Science Foundation.
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Kids will get pizza and an evening snack plus spend the night playing and making games. Registration is required. Call 610-371-5850 x227 to sign your child up now!