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Plant, Garden, and Environmental Humanities Resources

Plant, Garden, and Environmental Humanities Resources

I want to use the HASTAC platform to share a list of resources for scholars who, like me, use digital tools to study plants, gardens, the environment, and human engagements with the natural world.

Botanical and horticultural images and texts

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Botanicus, Missouri Botanical Garden

Dumbarton Oaks, Botanical Illustration

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Oak Spring Garden Foundation catalogs

Real Jardín Botánico

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Databases, plant research

Global Plants, JSTOR

International Plant Names Index

Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris

The Plant List, Kew Gardens

TROPICOS, Missouri Botanical Garden

Ulisse Aldrovandi Herbarium

Mapping and other digital tools

Geospatial Conservation Atlas, The Nature Conservancy

Invasive Species Compendium

Pratolino: The History of Science in a Garden

Wieslander Vegetation Type Mapping

Online exhibitions

Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World

Black Botany: The Nature of Black Experience

The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree

Bouquets: French Still Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse

Explore the Illuminated Natural World

Glass Flowers: The Ware Collection

The Humboldt Brothers: The Spirit of Europe

Irish Tree Alphabet

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants

Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Poetic Botany

Prince Bonaparte's Herbarium

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence

Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919-1939

Trees and Other Ramifications

Online magazines and journals

Emergence Magazine: Ecology, Culture, and Spirituality

Environment & Society Portal

Organizations and projects

Environmental Humanities – LARCA, Université de Paris, France

Garden Trust

Herbaria 3.0

Herbarium World

Imaginaire Botanique

Inspiration jardins, Institut national d'histoire de l'art

Literary and Cultural Plant Studies Network

More Than Weeds

New York Botanical Garden, Lecture Library

Plant Humanities Initiative, Dumbarton Oaks / JSTOR

Plant Humanities Resources, Dumbarton Oaks

Plants "In the News"

Director of Science at Kew: It's Time to Decolonize Botanical Collections

  • Alexandre Antonelli, June 19, 2020

The Disturbances of the Garden

  • Jamaica Kincaid, August 31, 2020

How Have Plants Shaped Human Societies?

  • Yota Batsaki, Alex Humphreys November 13, 2018

Land of Sod: Southern California Homeowners vs. Nature

  • Carolyn Kormann, September 2016

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens

  • Oliver Sacks, April 18, 2019

The Short Political Career of Strawberries

  • Krystal D'Costa, August 1, 2017

The Therapeutic Power of Gardening

  • Rebecca Mead, August 17, 2020

What's It Like to Care for the Mighty 'Corpse Flower'

  • Elaine Ayers, August 24, 2020

Plants and natural environments in the arts

"Heirloom" by Rena Detrixhe

"Landscape Paintings" by Annie Varnot

"Morphic Landscapes" by Donna Cooper Hurt

"Plantón Móvil" by Lucia Monge

"Prairie Divination Deck" by Megan Kaminski & L. Ann Wheeler

Wild plants of Barbados by Annalee Davis

Videos, podcasts, and films

Archiving Eden

Around Nature: Panel Discussions

Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

In Defense of Plants

Every Little Thing Grand Theft Waterlily and The Hide Rug of the Plant World

The Field Guides


I will update the list throughout my tenure as a HASTAC Scholar. (updated 12/6/2020)

Do you know of other online resources related to plant studies? If so, please share, and I will post them here.


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