Tree Bud Illustrated Posters From May Watts @ Morton Arboretum
Earlier this year, in one of their ordinary monthly email broadcasts, the Morton Arboretum turned me on to something wild. At least...wild to me. Who am I? A tree bud enthusiast. Turns out, there are lots of us. And some really special ones. The newsletter referenced a former Arboretum employee with the title of 'naturalist' named May Theilgaard Watts. And, these incredible, illustrated vintage posters in the Arboretum collection that May T. Watts created. First...a look at the posters below.
All of these are sourced from ACORN - Sterling Morton's Library that includes online images. Some May T Watts archives in ACORN can be found here. Fascinating stuff in there. I've only scratched the VERY thin surface.
She is credited with proposing in 1963 what ultimately developed as a national rails-to-trails program.
She graduated from the University of Chicago. And then...a few years later, she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. That's the education cocktail that enabled these posters to be created. Amazing.