The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Digitized Its Botanical Prints

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Lilium canadense, red and yellow forms. / Photo provided by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

More than 1,000 rare botanical prints are now online for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Boston Public Library, and the Digital Commonwealth.

The oldest prints date back to 1620, and continue through 1969. Previously, most of the illustrations were only viewed by horticultural scholars and scientists during visits to the Mass Hort library. It took three months to digitize and catalog the prints, which have been divided into categories like plants, flowers, fruit, orchids, lilies, roses, cherries, and grapes.

Read the full story in Boston Magazine