Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 5:30p -
Boston, MA 02110
History, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
Whether with fern-filled Wardian cases or wildflower gardens, Victorian women collected and studied plants at home and afield. Botany and horticulture co-mingled as appropriate pastimes for the young and old. School girls learned the prurient Linnaean system of botanical classification along with the romantic symbolism of flowers. Women decorated their homes with greenery, mounted algae, and cultivated flower beds of garish annuals. Some pursued careers as botanists and landscape gardeners, no doubt encouraged by the fashionable passion for plant study.
Join botanist and author Judith Sumner for this journey into the botanical pursuits of nineteenth-century women, from fanciful lore and home decor to scholarship, study, and design.
The link for this Historic New England webinar will be sent prior to the event. Please call 617-994-5959 for more information.