Guidelines for Plant Materials in the Museum
Bark or bark chips may harbor insects harmful to wood objects. Green bark on fresh branches is acceptable but needs to be inspected for insect casings or eggs.
Flowers from the market are not permitted. Only place orders with registered florists who use insecticides.
Fruit is prohibited from use in gallery displays since it may attract rodents or other insects. It is acceptable as temporary decorations for events outside of galleries and must be removed from the building on the day of the event.
Plants with the potential of releasing pollen in the
gallery environment should be avoided. This
includes evergreen branches with pollen stalks,
ferns with dusty spores and catkins that may open
when placed in water. Potted ferns outside of the
galleries are acceptable, as well as catkins (e.g.
pussy willows) that are not placed in water or are
Potted plants and anything with straw/hay are not permitted, as bugs can easily hide within them.
Seed pods may harbor beetles or insect casings. Dried pods or cones that have been painted or otherwise coated are acceptable. Edible nuts may only be used for event decorations outside of galleries and must be removed on the same day of the event.