Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 11, 2017

Chris Howkins, Heathlands, and the Natural History of Britain

Gorse, Broom, and Heathlands

In addition to our archives, photographs, rare floras, and journals, the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library holds a variety of natural history monographs, including plant lore. Plant lore is a cultural and mythological study, which examines the historical human relationship with its natural habitat, which is a central tenet of the human-plant connection. The utility of […]

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Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
November 30, 2016

Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration

Flora

Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration by Sandra Knapp Using exquisite botanical paintings from the Library of the Natural History Museum as its starting point, Flora examines the fascinating history of 20 plants including such favorites as cacti, daffodils, irises, magnolias, poppies, roses, tulips, and waterlilies. Sandra Knapp’s text weaves scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic […]

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James George Frazer and The Golden Bough

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
August 18, 2014

James George Frazer and The Golden Bough

Golden Bough

Plant Folklore is a specialized, interdisciplinary field of study. Historical evidence indicates that humankind has sought to divine meaning from the natural world, often by explaining its origins through mythology and folktales. Advances in agriculture and horticulture had an obvious impact on human development, but to study the mythology of a plant in addition to […]

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