Throughout Lyman Plant House, there are two permanent exhibits: Plant Life Through the Ages and Woods of the World. Plant Life Through the Ages is a 60-foot mural exhibit, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. The Woods of the World exhibit consists of 178 unique woods from all parts of the globe and hangs from the walls and ceiling near the north entrance of Lyman.
Plant Life Through the Ages
Plant Life Through the Ages consists of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. It is a significant body of work because while there are numerous depictions of animal evolution, there had been no mural devoted to the evolution of plants until this work.
The paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans. With a specialty in natural history, ethnography and history, his work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria.
Along with the works of art are informational panels that touch on plant fossils, plant evolution and plant extinction.
All of the panels are installed along the corridor to the Palm House.
Woods of the World
The Woods of the World exhibit consists of 178 unique woods from all parts of the globe. It hangs from the walls and ceiling near the north entrance of Lyman Plant House. The wood samples on display have a clear protective finish but are not stained. Aging will change the colors over time.
Informational panels in the exhibit show examples of figure (patterns) in wood and wood grain. Also in the exhibit is a section devoted to Elm. It displays a section of an American elm (Ulmus americana) trunk hanging on the north hallway wall above the water fountains. The display includes numbered markers pointing to the corresponding annual ring on the elm section which indicate the year of significant events that occurred during the elm's lifetime.