Taking Root

For the first time, the Peabody Museum will be displaying live plants in our public galleries. Many of the species featured in this island exhibit, including the thick-trunked cycad in the middle, are largely unchanged since the days of the dinosaurs.

These plants were generously contributed to the Peabody’s new Central Gallery by our friends at the Marsh Botanical Garden. Curators Erika Edwards and Michael Donoghue teamed up with collections manager Patrick Sweeney to select plants that could thrive inside the museum, and a team of Peabody staff, featuring Nate Utrup, moved them all in just one day.

These seasoned professionals make moving an 800-pound sago palm look easy. We’ll be keeping all of them well-watered in preparation for reopening in the spring. Check out the video below to see how they fit into the new Central Gallery!