The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert...The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.
The Botany Library is one of 20 branch libraries in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries system. It was established in the winter of 1965-1966 when the Botany Department moved into the newly-built West Wing of the Natural History Museum and several collections of botanical literature were consolidated into a separate library. It provides research support for the Botany Department and the large number of botanists world-wide who use the collections and resources. The Horticulture Branch Library was established in 1984 as a research support resource for the Horticulture Services Division, which is responsible for the management of the gardens, grounds, greenhouses, and interior plantscaping at the Smithsonian Institution. The Library evolved from a small office collection that was begun in the early 1970s. Since that time, this collection has been enhanced by the donation of several large gifts. An acquisition in 1984 of more than 150 American titles on landscape design dating from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries has become the foundation of a growing collection the subject. The collection has been placed next to the Botany Dept. library and is cared for by the Botany librarian.
The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive, non-circulating research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The combined collections are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes, and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. The Libraries support the academic and research interests of the faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Harvard University Herbaria and are open to an international community of scholars.
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. The collections include 4½ million plants pressed onto sheets of paper in the Museum’s herbarium. Over 3½ million specimens are out on loan each year; over 15,000 visitor days are spent in the collections; and there are almost 600,000 additional visits to collection data bases available on the Web.
The Economic Botany Collection at Kew illustrates the extent of human use of plants around the world. The huge variety of objects ranges from artifacts made from plants, to raw plant materials, including a large collection of wood samples. Uses range from food, medicine and utensils, to social activities and clothing.
The Herb Society of America Library Collection includes nearly 3,000 volumes covering a wide array of topics related to herbs and gardening. Materials collected include books, periodicals, videos, pamphlets, slide programs, resource kits and rare books.
Kew's extensive library is one of the most important botanical reference sources in the world. Library, Art & Archives contains more than half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps. During the 150 years of the library's history, material has been acquired by gift, purchase and exchange. Over 90 languages are represented, making the library a global resource for plant science, research and conservation.
The Library holds, acquires, preserves, and provides access to both historic and current books and journals, as well as archival materials, on a wide variety of disciplines that fall under the subjects of natural history, botany, pharmacy, and medicine.
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides technical information on agricultural research and related subjects to scientists, educators and farmers using computer databases; coordinates and is primary resource for national network of state land grant university and field libraries; and serves as the U.S. center for the international agriculture information system.
Botany is one of five science departments responsible for research and collections at the Natural History Museum. More than 60 staff, scientific associates, students and volunteers work in the department. We house one of the five largest botanical collections in the world with around 6 million plant specimens gathered from the 17th century to the present day. The collections include all plant groups except non-lichenised fungi, and coverage is worldwide. Our collections have added importance because they are rich in type specimens - over 117,000 of them. The Botany Department’s work divides into two main sections: collections management and research.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden was founded in 1927 by Susanna Bixby Bryant in Santa Ana, CA and relocated to Claremont in 1951. Susanna’s personal collection is the foundation of the Research Library and was part of her original plan when the botanic garden began on her ranch in Santa Ana. Today, the Research Library contains approximately 48,000 volumes and 750 current journals and periodicals. Acquisitions increase yearly and include bound journals and periodicals.