'Theater of plants' Old Library exhibition

Tuesday
24
January
14:00 to 16:00
Venue: 
Old Library, First Court

Treat yourselves to a bounteous display of all things botanical in our beautiful Old Library, featuring 16th-century herbal remedies, Charles Darwin's flesh-eating plants and Christ's College's glorious gardens.

The exhibition is free and open to all every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm until 20 April; and again on June 20 and 22.

The stage is set for our colourful exhibition showcasing 500 years of human encounters with the botanical world: from John Parkinson’s Theater of plants (1640), chock-full of herbal pressings gathered by an enthusiastic reader, to Charles Darwin’s musings on plants in his personal letters to his cousin William Darwin Fox.  With manuscript material from Darwin’s mentor and renowned botanist John Henslow, an entertaining look at the history of gardening (including beekeeping!) and some wonderful ephemera from the Christ’s College Garden Archive, this lively display of rare material will fascinate and inform.