Welcome to the Huntington’s Catalogue of Wildflower Illustrations
This resource offers access to information about selected objects in the following collections: The Huntington Botanical Gardens, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, Theodore Payne Foundation, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens.
To view collections information, please use the Search page.
This online catalogue was created in conjunction with the Huntington exhibition “When They Were Wild: Recapturing California’s Wildflower Heritage.” A collaborative project of The Huntington, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, “When They Were Wild” interprets the unique diversity of California flora from its origins to its current popularity. California’s rich plant life has captured the imagination of horticulturists, scientists, and artists for more than a century. This diversity has been depicted by a legion of amateur naturalists who were also talented artists, including Alice Brown Chittenden, Clara Mason Fox, and James Milford Zornes. Their illustrations, complemented by herbarium (plant specimen) collections, publications, and ephemera, depict an era when many of these species passed from growing wild into domestication. Some 200 items in the exhibition tell the story of the iconic beauty of California plants and teach about the botanical, ecological, and horticultural nature of native flowers.