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Botany: Botanical Organizations & Publications

Regional Resources

The Villandry Quilt Garden inside the "the nation’s largest edible landscape" at Powell Gardens (Kingsville, MO)

Specimen of Helianthus annuus L (Common Sunflower), Kansas's state flower; housed at the Kansas State University Herbarium in Manhattan

The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden showcases two-acres of plant life, water features and sculptures in midtown Kansas City, MO

Selected Serials (Botany)

The Linnean Society

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.

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Linda Hall's collections include publications of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  This internationally renowned botanical research institution manages Kew Gardens, which houses the Marianne North Gallery of botanical paintings, and Wakehurst, home to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership.

New York Botanical Garden

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.

Kansas & Missouri Organizations

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. 

Missouri has its own Native Plant Society, founded in 1979.  The chapters' activities include field trips, meetings with topical speakers, annual awards and other events.

 Both organizations publish newsletter.

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