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Events within the Plant Humanities Initiative provide an opportunity for fellows and researchers to engage with the Rare Book Collection in meaningful ways, initiate dialogue with senior scholars and librarians, and collaborate with individuals and institutions participating in the emerging field of Plant Humanities. These events also help identify further research and digitization priorities in the collection.


2022 Plant Humanities Conference

September 15–17, 2022



Amy Lamb’s Photography: The Interplay of Science and Art

December 17, 2021, 3–4 p.m. | Amy Lamb

Contemporary Botanical Images: Science, History, Environment

November 12, 2021, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Nirupa Rao, and Alice Tangerini

Heliconias, Evolution, and Art: A Botanist’s Perspective

October 22, 2021, 3–4 p.m. | W. John Kress

Curating Portraits of Plants

October 8, 2021, 4–5 p.m. | Yota Batsaki and Anatole Tchikine


“Artialize” Nature, Naturalize Art: When Plants and Other Creatures Become Living Books

April 30, 2021 | International colloquium organized by the Yale Department of French and sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Humanistic Uses of Herbaria

March 19, 2021 | Joint colloquium hosted by the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden, and Dumbarton Oaks


“Botanick Friends”: Exchanging Plants in the Eighteenth Century

March 4, 2020 | Public Talk in the Book Hill Talks Lecture Series of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, Victoria Pickering

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants

January 10, 2020 | Organized by Yota Batsaki and Anatole Tchikine

The study day, designed to inform the upcoming exhibition Margaret  Mee: Portraits of Plants, brought together experts and practitioners of botany, botanical art and illustration, early modern print culture, and conservation. Sessions covered a range of topics related to the exhibition, which included “The Art and Science of Botanical Painting,” “The Reproduction and Dissemination of Botanical Knowledge,” and “Plants in Context: Ecosystems of the Amazon.”