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Beauty in a Briefcase: Images from Horticultural Sample Books

Date: 04/12/2013 - 10/13/2013

Time: 0:00 AM

Location: Andersen Horticultural Library University of Minnesota Arboretum

Cost: Arboretum entrance fees: Visitors age 13 & up: $12; Children 12 & Under: Free admission; Members: Free admission year-round.


Nineteenth century nursery firms hired salesmen to travel extensively, taking orders for trees and shrubs to be delivered the following spring. Their marketing tool of choice was the innovative nurseryman’s “sample book” or plate-book. Sumptuously illustrated, they are as beautiful today as when first used.

Hours, fees, and location.



  • Name: Mark Engebretson
  • E-mail: enge@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-9148
  • Sponsored by: University Libraries




More information: http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2013/07/beauty-in-a-briefcase-images-from-horticultural-sample-books/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Kathy Allen, kallen@umn.edu, 952-443-1405.

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