Library Exhibitions

Illustrated Orchids In Radiant Color

Illustrated Orchids In Radiant Color

Rare Book Exhibition

January 17 – April 12, 2020
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talks:
Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

The Illustrated Orchids In Radiant Color exhibition features brilliant and colorful orchid illustrations from the Lenhardt Library's Rare Book Collection. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with Brilliance: The Orchid Show.

Language of Flowers

Language of Flowers

Pop-up Event

March 20 – April 5, 2020
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Pore over an assortment of beautifully illustrated book covers from the nineteenth century. Chat with a librarian, or browse a collection of rare gems from a time when the language of flowers—at the intersection of art, botany, and poetry—acted as the text messages and emojis of today. Read more about the Language of Flowers.

Picturing the Prairie in Primary Sources

Picturing the Prairie in Primary Sources

Rare Book Exhibition

April 17 – July 12, 2020
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talks:
Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 4 at 2 p.m.

The Picturing the Prairie in Primary Sources exhibition features illustrations of native prairie plants with conservation and restoration thematic content from the Lenhardt Library's Rare Book Collection.

Chelsea Physic Garden: Botanical Stories

Chelsea Physic Garden: Botanical Stories

Rare Book Exhibition

July 17– October 11
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talks:
Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 1 at 2 p.m.

The Chelsea Physic Garden: Botanical Stories exhibition features the history and illustrations of plants found in the Chelsea Physic Garden of London. All volumes are from the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library.

Smith & Sowerby’s Botanical Collaboration

Smith & Sowerby’s Botanical Collaboration

Rare Book Exhibition

October 16, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Regenstein Center, Lenhardt Library

Free Library Talks:
Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. 
Thursday, December 3 at 2 p.m.

The Smith & Sowerby’s Botanical Collaboration exhibition features the folio volume Icones Pictae Plantarum Rariorum authored by James Smith and illustrated by James Sowerby, published in 1790-1793. See hand-colored engravings of flora from Africa, Mauritius, Jamaica, among other locales. All volumes are from the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library.