A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks

The renowned LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden counts among its holdings many of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical and horticultural works ever created. More than eight centuries of knowledge, from the twelfth century to the present, are represented in the Library's Collection. In this sumptuous exhibition in the Art Gallery visitors are introduced to some of the Library's most fascinating works—exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, illustrated manuscripts, medieval herbals, exquisite garden prints and flower books, nursery catalogs, explorers' notebooks, and more.

This exhibition marks the publication of the landmark book FLORA ILLUSTRATA: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden, edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers and named the winner of the American Horticultural Society's 2015 Book Award. To purchase a copy for yourself, visit the Shop in the Garden or order online.

Exhibition access is included in any All-Garden Pass.


Flora Illustrata Curators

Susan M. Fraser

Director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library


Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, Ph.D.

Humanities Institute Coordinator