Mary Vaux Walcott. Sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana). 1927. Watercolor. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Artis
Long they sat and talked together…
Of marvelous the valley hidden in the depths of Gloucester woods,
Full of plants that love the summer, blooms of warmer latitudes,
Where the Arctic birch is braided by the tropics’ flowery vines,
And the white magnolia blossoms star the twilight of the pines!
John Greenleaf Whittier Excerpt from The Garrison of Cape Ann, 1857.