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Check-in: 3:00 PM Check-out: 11:00 AM

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Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Whether with fern-filled Wardian cases or wildflower gardens, Victorian women collected and studied plants at home and afield. Botany and horticulture co-mingled as appropriate pastimes for the young and old alike. School girls learned the prurient Linnaean system of botanical classification along with the romantic symbolism of flowers. Women decorated their homes with greenery, mounted algae, and cultivated flower beds of garish annuals. Some pursued careers as botanists and landscape gardeners, no doubt encouraged by the fashionable passion for plant study. Join botanist and author Judith Sumner for this journey into the botanical pursuits of 19th century women, from fanciful lore and home décor to scholarship, study, and design.

Presented jointly with the Victorian Society in America: New England Chapter.


Please join us for a reception prior to lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Advance registration recommended. Please call 617-994-5959 for more information.