Since 2010, as part of her on-going work at Gateway Science Museum and in collaboration with plantsman, garden designer, and photographer John Whittlesey of Canyon Creek Nursery & Design, Jennifer Jewell has produced and co-produced natural history exhibits designed for small to mid-sized science and natural history museums. These include exhibits on Dendrochronology, Clouds, and three educational and interactive natural history exhibits with Exhibit Envoy.


An exhibit portraying the relationship between flowers and pollinators. The exhibit is based around 50-some photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings. These images vividly portray the intriguing lives of many kinds of pollinators. While many people recognize the European honeybee as an important pollinator, Keeping Company with Flowers primarily highlights native pollinators - native bees,butterflies, beetles, flies and others, which play a key role in the ecology of California.

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and diversity of pollinators. Of the 4,000 known bee species in the US, 1,600 occur in California. Through close-up photographs and supplemental materials, this exhibit introduces a diversity of pollinators, the various processes of pollination, the needs of pollinators, the obstacles their populations are facing, and what can and is being done to support them.


An exhibit exploring the fascinating life cycles, biology and important roles of fungi in our environment. While the Fungi Kingdom includes more than one million species, this exhibit primarily focuses on the mushroom-producing fungi. The exhibit is based around 30 photographs of mushrooms (the fruiting bodies of fungi) in the wild, taken by John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell.

Mushrooms aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty, diversity and critical importance of mushroom producing-fungi in our environment. Through large, detailed photographs and supplemental materials, this exhibit introduces viewers to a wide range of mushroom-producing fungi (gilled, pored, jelly, etc.), and their valuable roles in the environment (saprophytic, symbiotic, etc.)


An exhibit exploring the science of seeds and seed dispersal is a vast field of botanical study known as seed ecology, or carpology. Seeds, with their various support structures and dispersal mechanisms, are critically important to all of life – as the future of the health and diversity of the world’s plants, and as an important food source for wildlife and humans alike. Seed structures and their many ingenious dispersal strategies are elegant in their simplicity or their intricacy. 

Seeds introduces visitors to basic seed ecology and a range of amazing seed structures seen in some of California’s native plants through vivid photography, in-depth interpretive and interactive materials.

For more information on hosting these exhibits, please contact Exhibit Envoy:

(415) 525-1553  |  info@exhibitenvoy.org

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