Oak Spring Garden Library Series
Oak Spring Garden Library comprises Rachel Lambert Mellon's celebrated collection of rare books, manuscripts, works of art and related artifacts concerning gardens, gardening, landscape design, horticulture, and botany. Conserved at Upperville, Virginia, in a striking library designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in consultation with Rachel Mellon and a new wing designed by Thomas M. Beach in consultation with Rachel Mellon, the collection is both a unique historical archive and a day-to-day working resource. Among Rachel Mellon's own contributions to the art of garden design are the Rose Garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden at The White House in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Royal Horticultual Society's Veitch Gold Medal, the Henry Shaw Award, and the American Horticultural Society Landscape Design Award, and recently she has been recognized for her assistance during the restoration of the Potager du Roi at Versailles.
The first exhibition of books, drawings, and manuscripts from the Oak Spring Garden Library was titled An Oak Spring Garland (Princeton University Library, October 12-December 17, 1989) in commemoration of An Oak Spring Sylva's publication. More than 56 items were chosen to put on display, including drawings by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Vincent Laurensz van der Vinne, the elder (1629-1702), Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), and Pieter Holsteyn, the younger (c.1612-1673), and numerous others. Manuscripts of Jacob Marrel (1614-1681), Claude Aubriet (c.1665-1742), and Humphry Repton (1752-1818) complimented the selected books by Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau (1700-1782), Johann Christoph Volkamer (1644-1720), and various others. Sandra Raphael's descriptions of the works were included in the exhibition's catalogue.
The next volume in the series will be 'An Oak Spring Hortus.'