Seeking the Ferns of Southern Mexico: on Oliver Sacks neurologist, bestselling author, and botanist

This post was written by Robin Everly, librarian in the Botany and Horticulture Library, with Spencer Goyette, contractor in the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Botany. Working in the Botany and Horticulture library, I’m still surprised by the books I come across that I haven’t heard about. So when I came across Oaxaca Journal what caught my eye was the author’s name on the book’s spine- Oliver Sacks. Immediately, I more »

Celebrating floral design in the Botany-Horticulture Library

This post was written by Robin Everly, Botany-Horticulture Library. Did you know that Saturday, February 28 is Floral Design Day and the day itself has been around for 20 years? The day was created to celebrate a special birthday of Carl Rittner, who founded the Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston, Massachusetts and was a leader in floral art education.  Fittingly, it was enacted by official proclamation by then Governor William more »

Researching Floras for the Botany – Horticulture Library

This post was written by Alice Doolittle, a 2011 summer intern on the Botany-Horticulture Library. Interested in working with us this summer? Now is the time to apply! Visit our internship webpage. Applications close April 30th.  For a biologist who is also an aspiring librarian, what could be better than to spend the summer in the stacks within the National Museum of Natural History? During the summer of 2011, I spent several weeks at the Botany – Horticulture Library as a Professional Development Intern for Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

National Apple Month

Golden Noble, Lord Derby, Devonshire Quarrenden, Gravenstein, Ellison's Orange . . . what are these you might ask? They are varieties of apples that can be found in  The new book of apples by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards with paintings by Elisabeth Dowle (available in the Libraries' Botany and Horticulture Library.) "The watercolours, which were commissioned to illustrate this book, were painted by the distinguished botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle. They took four years to complete as each fruit and blossom was painted from life. The varieties are shown both as they grow on the tree, and as they appear when full ripe."  Many other books on apples can be found in the Libraries—from the Smithsonian American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery Library, the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd, Library of Natural History to the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian, which has in its collection Johnny Appleseed man & myth by Robert Price.—Ninette Dean (who also took the photo)

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