Are you a fellow gardener as well as a book aficioando? Do you love the world of plants as well as that of writing?
What if you could visit a library filled with books on plants of all kinds housed in a botanical garden? “If only!”, you may say.
Well, there is such a place, and the Smithsonian website recently featured it (July 15, 2016). This special botanical library is nestled in New York City and as you can see from the picture, it is a beauty.
This is how the Smithsonian post introduced the story:
There are people, and then there are plant people. You know the ones—they stop to smell every flower, rhapsodize over trees and bushes and want to know everything about botany. Plant people’s happy place is in a garden or another bastion of the great outdoors, but one of New York’s hidden treasures might convince them to head inside. That’s because, as Katherine Brooks reports for The Huffington Post, a building in the Bronx is home to more than a million fascinating books and documents about plants.
It’s called the Mertz Library, and Brooks characterizes it as “the library hiding in a garden hiding in New York city.” Tucked into the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, the stately building is home to one of the world’s largest collections of books and materials about plants. It’s a place where you can pore over everything from field notes from 19th-century gardeners to vintage seed catalogs, even flower illustrations that are centuries old.
Shall we take a tour of it today? Yes, we can, thanks to this three-minute video from the library and its archivist!