College of Biological Sciences
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The College of Biological Sciences Presents


A brief survey of the past, present & future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota
Mar 9-Dec 31, 2017
FREE and open to the public
About the Event

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.

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