Spring is almost here and with it comes flowers. Our daily routes to and from work that had lost some of their vibrancy during the winter months are slowly and then suddenly awash with new bursts of color.
With the spirit of spring in mind, enjoy these images painted by Caroline Dorman the author of Flowers Native to the Deep South and follow the links for more information on this fascinating woman and her work.
Flowers Native to the Deep South was written by Caroline “Carrie” Dorman in 1958. Dorman (1988-1971) was a native Louisianan artist, author, botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, and conservationist. She is considered by many to be the mother of the Louisiana conservationist movement having made many monumental contributions to the conservation of our natural, as well as cultural resources.
One of her many contributions to the preservation and conservation of Louisiana’s natural treasures was created as the first female member of the Society of American Foresters. As a member, she almost single-handedly lobbied for years to finally influence state and federal leaders to establish the Kisatchie National Forest, consisting of over 600,000 acres of public lands located in Northeastern Louisiana.
Image of Dorman’s log cabin house at Briarwood, by Rosenthal, James W. (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood – more photos follow the link), 1959
At Briarwood Dorman collected and replanted native plants in the gardens to preserve the native ecology of Louisiana.
“The Louisiana iris was of particular importance to Dormon and this species is featured at Briarwood today in the iris bog that is called the Bay Garden. Dormon began her Bay Garden in the 1940s as a place to nourish her seedlings and to record the successes and failures of her cross-pollination experiments with irises found in the wild.” - From the Library of Congress cataloging notes for images taken at Briarwood.
View of Bay Garden (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood)
Flower Native to the Deep South by Caroline Dorman is available for viewing Monday-Friday 9-4, in our Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library
Here’s a little flower-themed lagniappe to get you dancing: Psycho Daisies, by the Yardbirds