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Beauty of the Beasts: The Allure of Predatory Plants

June 3-Sept. 18
Andersen Horticultural Library and Snyder Building Lobby

Discover the amazing world of killer plants as illustrated in books, magazines, nursery catalogs, and original art from the Andersen Horticultural Library's general and special collections.  Learn about the beauty of these silent predators while viewing exquisite carnivorous plant images. Featuring illustrations from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Mary Vaux Walcott's Illustrations of North American Pitcherplants, Thornton's Temple of Flora, and the original art of Agnes Williams (fl. 1890s), many of these materials are on display for the first time.  Kids of all ages will enjoy additional cartoons and movie images of plant "monsters."  

This exhibition is station #9 on the Arboretum's Savage Gardens trail - don't miss it!

Pictured below from left to right are Whitetop Pitcherplant by Mary Vaux Walcott, American Bog Plants from The Temple of Flora, Sarracenia minor X psittacina by Mary Vaux Walcott.

Whitetop Pitcher Plant   American Bog Plant   Sarracenia Minor X Psittacina

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.