Asian Gardens at the Phillips Library

Artificial Garden at Japanese Villa

Japanese garden with hillock and trees

Hand colored illustrations of Japanese villa gardens, late nineteenth century (3)

Recently, the Phillips Library had the pleasure of finding beautiful pictures of Asian gardens to display for a group visit. Natural history and Asian art are strengths of the PEM and Phillips Library, so we were able to pull an interesting selection of items. Before these images are put back into the vault, we simply had to share them with the world. The images that were selected here are from Chinese and Japanese gardens.

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The Magic of Winter

jessica jones

Literary Snowflakes

“There is snow in yonder cold gray sky of the morning, and through the partially-frosted window-panes I love to watch the gradual beginnings of the storm.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Snowflakes

A few days before heading out to see my family for Thanksgiving this year, it snowed. Of course, saying it “snowed” might be a bit of a misnomer. After 2015′s snowpocalypse, it was really more of a light dusting. Despite this, the snow was magical nonetheless.

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Fly Me to the Moon

Photo by Allison White/PEM.

As a reference librarian one of my favorite parts of my job is helping researchers find the answers to their (many) burning questions.  Most often, this involves working with our patrons in the reading room.  However, on several happy occasions, it has meant working with the PEM curatorial staff doing exhibition research and development.  Most recently, the library has worked in close conjunction with the curatorial team working on Lunar Attractions, which just opened in the Art and Nature Center. Read more