• Ann GarasciaEmail author
Living reference work entry


This entry maps out the broad range of activities underpinned by networks of women and plants that united under the name of botany. Even though the nineteenth-century professionalization of botany sought to distance the science from its potentially feminine connotations as a “polite” pursuit, women’s contributions to the field flourished in an impressive array of media and forms that connected science, literature, and the arts. At its core, Victorian botany was a science dedicated to exploring and managing plant life, which encompassed studies of external plant structure (morphology) and functions (physiology), as well as efforts to develop classification systems. However, these roots of plant science also provided for rich literary and artistic expressions that bridged popular and institutional, domestic, and public venues. Throughout the nineteenth century, plants became prized subjects (as well as raw materials) for poems, travelogues, biographies, scrapbooks,...


Plants Science Collecting Album Illustration Amelia Griffith Marianne North Anne Pratt Margaret Gatty Frances Tripp Cecilia Glaisher Maria Hussey 
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  1. 1.California State University San BernardinoSan BernardinoUSA

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  1. 1.St. Thomas More CollegeUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada