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Introduction to Botany

"Earth laughs in flowers"

-from Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1847)

  • the branch of biology that deals with the study of plants, including their structure, properties, biochemical processes, classification and the study of plant diseases...

-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)

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