We depend on plants for our wellbeing. Our story is inextricably linked to theirs through the food, fiber, medicine and other benefits they provide. Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present and future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, an exhibition organized by the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, invites you to consider the historical, cultural, scientific, and economic value of a handful of plants from around the globe, that have taken root in Minnesota, from the commonplace plantain to the rare lady’s slipper orchid or the controversial cannabis.
- Arid, semi-arid, tropical, sub-tropical, maritime/cloud forest, and temperate biome plants.
- Plant connections with cultural groups within Minnesota including Hmong, Indian, Chinese, Russian, Native American, Hawaiian, and Mexican.
- Two triptychs (six prints) by international artist Andrea Carlson, that draw on her own connection to Minnesota and her Ojibwe heritage.
- A medicine wheel created by Native American Medicine Garden coordinator Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun.
- Herbarium specimens from the University of Minnesota Herbarium and historical artist renderings of plants from the Wangensteen Historical Library.
Open during Northrop building hours.