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Wild at Heart: Conserving Nature Through Art & Archives

Spring 2022 Gallery Exhibit

Scientists & Conservation

The only way to know what we are losing is by identifying what we’ve got. Bromeliads are a diverse and vibrant part of the Florida landscape, and many of the people who first began to identify and collect them worked in Florida.  Two of the most prominent scientists were Dr. Henry Nehrling and Mulford B. Foster. The Special Collections and University Archives here at the University of Central Florida have a rich collection of primary sources documenting the lives and discoveries of these men, their friends, and colleagues, as well as housing the Bromeliad Society International (BSI) Archive, 1942-2012

  In this case, you will find examples of Mulford Foster’s detailed line drawings and watercolors depicting Bromeliads as well as a look into Henry Nehrling’s life and work at Palm Cottage Gardens in Gotha, Florida. 

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