Fall 2018 Exhibition

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers began in the East, where people exchanged gifts of flowers and objects, each with a symbolic meaning. In the 18th century, Europeans discovered this pastime in Turkey, brought it home and adapted it to their own culture.

By the 19th century, the Language of Flowers was spoken fluently in Europe and America. People consulted
 Language of Flower dictionaries and exchanged floral gift books, calendars and cards. They sent messages by way of bouquets which allowed them to express their affection privately and silently.
This exhibit of rare and beautiful books features flowers as envoys.

“Then, gather a wreath from the garden bowers, And tell the wish of thy heart in flowers.”

James Gates Percival



The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Salem Athenaeum hours.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 1 PM – 5 PM, Thursday: 5 PM – 9 PM and Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM.



Past Exhibitions:

Food for Thought

Quinton Oliver Jones (1903-1999)

What Hawthorne Read
from the Collections of the Salem Athenaeum

Elections: Winning the Vote

Celia’s Salon: America’s First Artists’ and Writers‘ Colony

Samuel Hall: Patriot Printer of the Revolution

Early Birds: Portraits by the Fathers of American Ornithology



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