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This month: news of the de­signs for Ox­ford Botanic Gar­den’s new Her­bar­ium Room and a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Gar­den Mu­seum

WON­DER WALL

While work­ing on his clas­si­fi­ca­tion of plants, the 18th-cen­tury Swedish botanist Carl Lin­naeus would be­come so en­grossed in his work he would cover the walls of his study with botan­i­cal prints. This ad hoc botan­i­cal wall­pa­per was the in­spi­ra­tion for the de­sign by na­ture printer Pia Östlund (right) for the in­te­rior of a new Her­bar­ium Room for Ox­ford Botanic Gar­den, which will dis­play to the pub­lic some of the items held in the Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Her­baria – many of which date back to the 17th cen­tury. Pia has lined the walls of the Her­bar­ium Room with 246 glicée re­pro­duc­tions of prints from Jo­hann Jakob Dil­le­nius’s 1732 book Hor­tus Elthamen­sis – a work that is dou­bly ap­pro­pri­ate as not only was Dil­le­nius a friend of Lin­naeus, but he was also the first pro­fes­sor of botany at Ox­ford. The Her­bar­ium Room opens in Au­gust. obga.ox.ac.uk

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