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Web site of general interest.
Elegant watercolors of hundreds of flowers--from the familiar to the
unusual--enliven the pages of a historic British gardening journal
Curtis's Botanical Magazine. The National Agricultural Library in
Beltsville, Md., holds one of the most complete collections of this
periodical, which has been published continuously since 1787.
The library has made the first 26 volumes of the journal available on
World Wide Web at:
The magazine was founded by William Curtis, a self-taught botanist who
wanted to keep avid gardeners in the British Isles well informed about
impressive array of flowering plants that could flourish in their
and greenhouses. The magazine's detailed, accurate and delightful
illustrations are each accompanied by a narrative about the plant's
Some issues feature plates of less-common plants such as crimson
hairy wachendorfia, sweet-scented tritonia and winged-podded sophora.
Others display plants with picturesque or amusing names like
purple side-saddle flower, cobweb houseleek, melancholy toad-flax and
warty St. John's wort.