"Earth laughs in flowers"
-from Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1847)
-from Encyclopedia Britannica
From historical herbals and florilegia to current research and publications, Linda Hall Library's catalog, digital collections, and online exhibitions contain information about flora of all kinds, and the scientific and artistic attempts to harness floral beauty and power.
Illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian (1674-1717)