From a twelfth-century illustration of the Mandrake to the drawings of Robert Thornton, best known for his Temple of Flora (1807), the exhibition revels in the beauty of botany while revealing how the study of plants will shape the future.
Richard Ovenden OBE, Bodley’s Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, commented, “Roots to Seeds is a bold and ambitious exhibition that reflects on our history in this field and looks to our future. This exhibition weaves together compelling stories, objects and images over 400 years. We want people to see beyond the usual when it comes to plants and get a better understanding of the plants that surround them and why they are so vital to all life on Earth.”
Roots to Seeds remains on view at the Weston Library through October 24, 2021.