ISSUE 94  |  October Moon

The Time Traveler’s Garden, By Way of Etsy

October 16, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Mysterious photos–some hand-tinted–of a garden that isn’t yours. What would you do with them?

There is a reason people root around in dusty, musty attics, and that reason is time travel. Pry open an old trunk, and you could be transported back a century, to a garden of old-fashioned flowers and ferns that might have belonged to your great-grandmother or mine.

Or you could skip the attic, and head straight to Etsy, where the other day I stumbled across a collection of 100-year-old black-and-white flower photos that would look fabulous in a grid of simple black frames on a wall. 

Above: A collection of 57 Vintage Flowers and Plants Photos is $52 from Lace Surplus on Etsy.

Above: What is this flower? I want to say foamflower, but I don’t think that’s right.

Above: Ferns and … I wish I could read the writing on the caption.

Above: A cherry tree in bloom in spring? That’s my best guess. What’s yours?

Do you love botanical art as much as I do? My previous fantasy involved a set of Vintage Swedish Botanicals I spotted online a few months back.