June 2017: See the World in New Ways



“The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”-- John Muir


As summertime stretches before us, we have an opportunity to see the world in new ways. Here at the Arboretum, experience Origami in the Garden and see the art of paper folding transformed by artist Kevin Box, who practices the age-old art using museum quality metal. Fold your own origami creations, explore hundreds of years of botanical art, read about sculptures crafted from natural materials, or start your own nature journal with resources from the Sterling Morton Library.

At the Arboretum

Longer days and warmer temperatures make summer the perfect time to explore the Arboretum. Ongoing through October 22, see the art of sculptor Kevin Box with Origami in the Garden.

If the artwork on the Arboretum grounds inspires you to look at the world in a new way, enroll in one of the Arboretum’s many art classes. Learn the art of Japanese floral arrangement, sketch the Arboretum’s rare trees, or capture the beauty of nature with smartphone photography.


“Summer is a wonderful time to explore the nature sanctuaries, public parks, reservations, state forests, and wildlife refuge areas around your home. Each place offers its own distinct pathway to nature, with trails through woods, meadows, or mountains, or along riverbeds… The world is rich and full of life in summer. It’s all around you… Record what is special about wherever you are.” --Clare Walker Leslie and Charles Edmund Roth, Keeping a Nature Journal, pages 121-122

“At the heart of all botanical art is the intention to document a plant’s appearance: to immortalize it by reproducing its essential characteristics. The ways in which artists set out to achieve this common purpose, however, has varied widely in both form and approach. Hasty sketches made in the field, meticulously stippled and hand-coloured engravings, oil paintings and watercolours, paper decoupage, glass models, iron or Plexiglass sculptures, impressions ‘nature printed’ from plants, high-resolution electron-scanning microscopy and photography: the varied forms of botanical art over the centuries have echoed the variety of art in general.” Victoria Clarke, Plant, page 6

Origami Resources

These books are available to use within the library. Stop by and spend some time making your own origami creations!

Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Folding Techniques and Paper by Michael G. LaFosse

Easy Origami by John Montroll

LaFosse and Alexander’s Essential Book of Origami: The Complete Guide for Everyone by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami by Meher McArthur

Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies: Elegant Designs from a Master Folder

Library Resources

Origami Bonsai: Create Beautiful Botanical Sculptures by Benjamin John Coleman*

The Botanical Artist (Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists)**

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World edited by Victoria Clarke

Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca

Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower edited by Elisabeth R. Fairman

Keeping a Nature Journal: Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth

*Access the Library’s e-book collection by entering the number on the back of your Sterling Morton Library card.

**Ask staff to see back issues of periodicals in Sterling Morton Library’s collections.