The Linnean Society was founded on the library, manuscripts and specimen collections of the Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), who devised the "binomial nomenclature"system of classifying biological organisms.
Images from Linnaeus' collections and correspondence, including the Herbarium, are available online at the Society's web site.
Society founder James Edward Smith (1759-1828), another pre-eminent British botanist, purchased Linnaeus’ collections from his widow, so the material could be preserved, studied and enjoyed by future generations.
Works by and about both men can be found by searching the library's circulating, digital and History of Science collections.
The New York Botanical Garden established in 1891, is a National Historic Landmark. The C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium has over 2 millions digitized images of specimens housed at the facility, and adds about 30,000 new records and images each month.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, and America's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. Highlights include a garden honoring scientist and Missouri native George Washington Carver; a "Victorian District"; and one of the largest Japanese Gardens in North America.
The Kansas Native Plant Society (formerly the Kansas Wildflower Society) promotes awareness and appreciation of the native plants of Kansas. The Society, founded in 1978, provides several awards, grants and scholarships to support the education aspect of their mission.
Both organizations publish newsletter.
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