What in the World is a Herbarium?

March 4–October 29, 2017







Explore the Work of NYBG Scientists

Ross Gallery

With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the second largest herbarium in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in the Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.

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Programs & Classes


Opening Symposium
Entwined: Plants, Exploration, and Our Future

March 3; 10 a.m.
Exploration has been at the core of the Garden's mission since its founding—and is more urgent now than ever in the face of global environmental change. This symposium focuses on the vital role exploration plays in understanding the entwined relationships of plants to the well-being of humans and ecosystems, and the challenges for sustaining those relationships over time.

An Illustrated Talk by Dr. Barbara Thiers
Saturday, March 4, Ross Hall; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
The herbaria are the most important source of information about the plants of the world, past, present and future. Discover how the herbarium evolved from a storage method for medicines by medieval monks to an essential tool for scientists who are working to preserve Earth's biodiversity.

Meet the Herbarium Staff
Saturday, March 4, Ross Gallery; 12–3 p.m.
Explore the exhibition and talk with Herbarium staff about their unique and important work.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Saturday, March 4, Meet in Ross Gallery; tours ongoing from 12–3 p.m.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at NYBG’s Steere Herbarium, the second largest herbarium in the world.

Plant Collection and Preservation Workshop
Thursdays, April 6–27; 6–9 p.m.
Learn how to make your own museum-quality plant specimens in a hands-on workshop led by NYBG conservationist Daniel Atha and Steere Herbarium specimen mounter Sheranza Alli. Register here.

 

About the Curators

Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History at the Universita di Pisa. A prolific writer, Dr. Tomasi focuses on the relationships among art, science, and nature.

Tony Willis is Librarian of the Oak Spring Garden Library.

Susan Fraser is Vice President and Director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden.

 

Opening Symposium

Entwined: Plants, Exploration, and Our Future
March 3; 10 a.m., Ross Hall

This symposium in the Ross Hall focuses on the vital role exploration plays in understanding the entwined relationships of plants to human and ecosystem well-being, and the challenges for sustaining those essential relationships over time. Moderated by Barbara M. Thiers, Ph.D., Entwined will feature presentations and a panel discussion by six Garden scientists working in locations from New York City to the island nation of Vanuatu. After the symposium, view the exhibition What in the World is a Herbarium?

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