The Archives of American Gardens Welcomes a New Collection

November 12, 2013 at 7:30 am 8 comments

Ken Druse Garden Photography Collection

One of thousands of garden images from the Ken Druse Garden Photography Collection at the Archives of American Gardens.

Smithsonian Gardens is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the Ken Druse Garden Photography Collection.  Druse, a prolific garden writer and photographer, donated his extensive photographic collection of garden and plant images to the Archives of American Gardens.  The collection includes several thousand transparencies and slides documenting over 300 gardens across the United States.  Druse took the images to illustrate many of his books as well as newspaper and magazine articles for publications like House & Garden and The New York Times and postings published on his own blog, Ken Druse Real Dirt.  Among his books are go-to references like Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation; The Collector’s Garden; and The Natural Shade Garden.

Given its huge scale and exceptional quality, the Ken Druse Garden Photography Collection is a wonderful and important addition to the Archives of American Gardens.  A multi-year project to make the collection available for research use will involve steps such as rehousing and cataloging the images as well as digitizing select images for inclusion on the Smithsonian’s online catalog at www.siris.si.edu.  Please join Smithsonian Gardens and the Archives of American Gardens in celebrating this fantastic acquisition!

-Joyce Connolly, Museum Specialist

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  • 2. Tom Koster  |  November 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    What a great thing … an honor for Ken Druse and a treasure for the Smithsonian!

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  • 3. Charles M. Yurgalevitch  |  November 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations, Ken!

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  • 4. Stuart Robinson  |  November 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

    What an incredible donation Ken! Your generosity, and obvious talents, should be honoured.

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  • 5. ryder ziebarth  |  November 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Great Choice, Joyce-We love Ken up here in NJ.SHGC will be sending you another fabulous property in May. Hope all is well!
    Ryder

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  • 6. Ken Druse  |  November 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I am honored by this wonderful opportunity.

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  • 7. Susan Harris  |  November 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Good move! And congrats to the Smithsonian and to Ken.

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  • 8. Jenny  |  November 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    What a truly lovely thing to celebrate! I’m completely enamored of all that pink.

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