Essays & Footsteps:
Development of Systematic Botany – Footsteps in Systematics
Historical Context for Development of our Understanding of Plants – Botanical Footsteps – Cultural Context
Beautiful and Wicked – A gorgeous silk textile in the Huntington Gallery invokes dangerous imagery.
Bittersweet – There are storm clouds behind Pinkie, as her likeness floats on walls of the Huntington Gallery.
Botanical Poets Laureate – Texts in the Library document poetic dedication to plants in homage to classical verse and anticipation of the age of science.
Civil Oranges – From Shakespeare to Syphilis, the same lessons are re-learnt.
Clawback from the Grave – Linnaeus was accomplished in many things, including rewarding the right people.
Dumbwatches – Ancient clock faces in Huntington Galleries may become as intelligent as the Sarracenias in the Rose Hills Conservatory.
Founding Palms – George Washington stands all around us.
From Rags to Riches – Linen is not simply a “hard to iron” fabric, but for Europeans, it proceeded cotton as the fabric of our lives.
Noble Seed – Laurel frames accomplishment in an ancient world of plant symbolism.
Scandalous Connections – Tales of Lady Hamilton stretch into the Gardens.
Six Books on Plants, Poetry, People, and Politics – The enthusiasm of Abraham Cowley, a new-found herbalist.
Super Suber – Hooke’s Micrographia (in the Library Beautiful Science exhibit) connects powerfully to biology.
The Pinnacle of Hospitality – One Huntington treasure is the first known illustration of a pineapple.
There is Death in the Pot – An 1820 treatise in the Library rare book collection establishes the colorful Friedrich Accum as an early whistleblower regarding food adulteration.