Taking a look at history of women in botany at Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens


Published October 5, 2022 at 11:45 am

A new book looking at women’s contribution to botany will be the topic of a panel discussion at Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens.

The panel will discuss Flora’s Fieldworkers: Women and Botany in Nineteenth-Century Canada, which tells the story of women in botany, and how women were and are contributing to the study of plants.

Contributing authors to the book, and modern-day female botanists, will discuss and showcase the amazing resources that RBG has on women and plants in Canada’s history.

Flora’s Fieldworkers is an account of women plant collectors and botanical artists, writers, and teachers whose activities went unrecognized in the historical record.

It employs biography, botanical data, herbaria specimens, archival sources, letters, institutional records, book history, and abundant artwork to reconstruct the ways in which women studied and understood plants in the nineteenth century.

This is a hybrid event with select contributing authors presenting in person while others via videoconference.

The event is Sunday, Oct. 16. The book launch by Royal Botanical Gardens and McGill-Queen’s University Press with author introductions, book readings, discussion panel and Q&A will start at 2 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a book signing and reception.

Registration includes admission to RBG at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit the RBG website.

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