Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
If your heart flutters at the thought of being in a room with Carl Linneaus' Genera Plantarum (2nd. Ed.1743), Jean Louis Marie Poiret's Lecons de Flore and Thomas Hill's The Gardeners Labyrinth, Containing a Discourse of the Gardeners Life, by Dydymus Mountain (1594), the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation library at Carnegie Mellon University is a "must-see." The art on exhibit and behind glass is breathtaking! The Institute maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits, and data files. It meets the reference needs of biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers, and the public at large, especially those concerned with North American flora. Plus they sell beautiful notecards and more -- online and at the library.
Orion Magazine: Nature/Culture/Place
In an effort to de-clutter, I've been sorting and tossing. That includes unread magazines gathering dust on the card table. Am I glad I didn't toss Orion into the recycling! What a refreshing, well-written collection of thoughtful work. Narrative journalism to savor. Last spring's (2008) piece by Bill McKibben on relearning the skill of neighborliness is worth searching for in the archives. We've gotten away from being an nation of joiners, he writes, "become a nation of drive-around-by-ourselfers.... In a world that seems likely to grow a little tougher all around, with weird weather, rising prices, and falling profits, a neighbor is what you'll need most." Topics range from the universe to world view to community news such as Berkeley, Calif.'s Urban Bee Project. Orion's mission is to inform, inspire, and engage people to become a significant force for healing nature and community.