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Glass flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History
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davem
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October 10, 2022 - 3:39 pm

If you ever visit Boston, I recommend that you make a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in Cambridge.  There is a room at the museum which contains an exhibit of extremely accurate models of plants, made entirely of glass.  From 1886 to 1936 the school commissioned two glass artists to make 4300 models of plants and enlarged plant parts, to be used for instructional purposes at the school.  It took me a long time to be convinced that the plants were indeed made from glass (vs. preserved actual plants).  The detail is unreal.  

Here are some photos I took: https://photos.app.goo.gl/enu6.....3Aa3j9eRT6

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They even made some models of rotting apples:

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October 15, 2022 - 7:46 pm

I think if glass cherries were created to look as real as your pictures I would go for hanging them in my cherry trees to confuse the birds away during real harvest. But what an art to exact so much patience. I think The Grotto has glass on display as far as figurines of people.

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October 18, 2022 - 2:53 pm

Rooney said
I think if glass cherries were created to look as real as your pictures I would go for hanging them in my cherry trees to confuse the birds away during real harvest. But what an art to exact so much patience. I think The Grotto has glass on display as far as figurines of people.

I bought some rocks painted to look like strawberries and put them around my strawberry plants to annoy the birds, and it actually worked!

Last year I bought some red glass apple Christmas tree ornaments, covered them with tanglefoot, and put them in my trees. Caught quite a few bad bugs. But I also worry about birds getting stuck. The birds eat way more bugs than the apples caught.

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