The winning entry into the 21st International Show of the American Society of Botanical Artists, now underway at the Wave Hill public garden and culture center in the Bronx, is of a common and dying Cape gooseberry plant.
“I found it after a frost dangling off a vine up in the Poconos,” says Jeanne Reiner, whose home studio is in Greenwich. “What had happened was the husk had disintegrated and all that was left was this skeletal framework around the berry. It had a bright yellow-orange berry covered in what looked like lace and I thought, ‘God, this is just so beautiful.’ It was just the moment I saw it. It would be dead in two days. It would have frozen up and dehydrated.”