Photo of a book in the Mertz Library's rare book room

Women and the World of Plants


March is Women’s History Month, and in honor of the many extraordinary female scientists, gardeners, artists, and naturalists in the world of plants, the Mertz Library will display of some of our favorite titles by and about women. Pull up a seat and learn about some of the many contributions women have made in the fields of botanical and mycological sciences, gardening and landscape design, garden writing, horticulture, and the arts.

Featured books will include those by scientists and authors featured in The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by Jennifer Jewell, including botanists Susan Pell and Robin Wall Kimmerer, and popular author and School of Professional Horticulture instructor Marta McDowell.

Visitors to the Library will also have the chance to learn about and become involved with active interdisciplinary projects that highlight the work of traditionally unrepresented people in the sciences. These projects include #HerNaturalHistory from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, #5WomenArtists from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Wikiproject Women in Red.