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 1700s, Europeans
discovered this pastime in Turkey, brought it home
and adapted it to their own culture.

By the 1800s, 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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