Contributing editor Akiko Busch writes:
Any gardener can tell you that gardens are a place for improvisation; as soon as you know what you can plant, then you begin to consider what you want to plant. Once you've learned the rules, it's time to bend them.
The same goes for botanical art. While the precision of traditional 17th- and 18th-century botanical prints served the study of science and medicine, today's new generation of renderings is open to all manner of creative interpretation.
The foliage, vines, bulbs, and blossoms found weaving their way across walls, rugs, fabrics, and furniture seem to be nurtured by more inventive gardening standards, as though we have entered some exotic new climate zone. Pictured here: "Louis Chair" from George Smith Sofas & Chairs (212/226-4747)
Story produced by April Hardwick