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A Gathering of Flowers: Botanicals in the Age of Climate Change Daily through Feb. 28

Andersen Horticultural Library

Artist: Ursula Hargens, ceramicist & educator, Northern Clay Center

"Florilegium" can be translated from the Latin as "a gathering of flowers." Many of you are familiar with the term in relation to published works that bring together depictions and descriptions of plants of a particular garden, such as The Highgrove Florilegium showcasing the plants of Prince Charles's garden.
This gathering of flowers is completely different! Funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, this exhibition pairs historical botanical illustrations from the University of Minnesota Libraries' rare book collections with original ceramic tiles depicting endangered Minnesota wildflowers. Hargens' colorful tile designs were inspired by, and complement, the rare book illustrations. Rare books from both the Andersen Horticultural Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are on display.
Hargens, a 2012 McKnight Fellowship recipient, is also the founder and lead instructor of MN NICE - the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education, an 8-month certificate program through the Northern Clay Center.

A Gathering of Flowers

Shown above is the botanical illustration (left) that was the inspiration for  the colorful finished tile (right).

Dessert Reception: November 10
Snyder Auditorium: 1:30-3 pm
Friends of AHL are sponsoring a dessert reception for the Gathering of Flowers exhibition. The artist, Ursula Hargens, will speak about her work and the process of creating this exhibition. Afterwards, she will lead small groups through the library to see the artwork and rare books and will answer questions. The Curator of the Wangensteen collection and the AHL Librarian will each show related rare books. We hope you can join us!

U Media Archive Exhibit: Three Minneapolis Seedswomen 

Miss Carrie Lippincott cover, 1896

At the beginning of the 20th century, Minneapolis was home to three seed companies owned and operated by women. These firms were unusual in their time because they were run by women, they marketed to women customers, and they focused on flower seeds. Miss Carrie Lippincott, who called herself "The Pioneer Seedswoman of America," started producing small 5 x 7 inch lithographed catalogs in 1891. Emma V. White, the "Northstar Seedswoman," produced her first catalog in 1896. Jessie R. Prior, who was in business only a short period of time, produced small catalogs simply titled "Flower Seeds."

Emma V. White cover, 1900

The Andersen Horticultural Library hosts a collection of catalogs from these three firms. Our copies of the three seedswomen's catalogs have been digitized cover-to-cover and are available online at the UMedia Archive, All text in these catalogs is searchable. For example, type "marigold" in the search box to find links to 170+ pages within the UMedia Archives. Parameters can be chosen in the right hand column to limit your search to items from the Andersen Horticultural Library. A zoom tool allows one to view fine details.

Cattleya amethystoglossa
orchid from Curtis's Botanical
Magazine. vol 94.

U Media Archive Exhibit: Botanical Images from the Collections of the University Libraries

Digitized botanical images from rare and special books in the Andersen Horticultural Library and other University Libraries can viewed online at Many of these images were part of the Transfer of Knowledge botanical art exhibit on display in 2005 at the Reedy Gallery, located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.