Description Close up image of two lovely Magnolia blossoms. Magnolia is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae of the family Magnoliaceae. It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. The magnolia tree is one of the most ancient flowering trees known to mankind. They are found abundantly in Central America, North America and West Indies.Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility. In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness. In the American South, white magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride's purity and nobility.
William Castner, Boulder Member Since June 2019 Artist Statement Fine art photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I exhibit in several regional galleries and hang in hospitals, hotels, corporate offices and private collections. I work extensively with art consultants and interior designers nationwide. My photography has been published in magazines, newspapers, textbooks and as posters, calendars and note cards.