Another way to show plants and flowers in all their 3D glory, was by making them in glass. If you are ever in Boston, USA please take the time to visit The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, better known as the “Glass Flowers.” The Collection is part of Harvard University and you need to book ahead of time. But during the pandemic you can join an online tour – click here. It is truly wonderful.
The amazing collection was made by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of Czech glass artists. Over fifty years, from 1886 through 1936, the Blaschkas produced 4,300 glass models that represent 780 plant species.