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Victoria Pickering

Victoria Pickering is currently a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, working as part of the Plant Humanities Initiative. Previously, she researched the global movement of plants from the late seventeenth century onward at the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London. Today, she continues to explore the collection, description, management, and use of natural history objects in the eighteenth century.

The Dragon tree (left) and Dragon tree fruit (right)

Plant of the Month: The Dragon Tree

Dragon's blood is all the rage now, but where does the scarlet resin come from?
Mint

Plant of the Month: Mint

From the fields of ancient Egypt to the present-day American Pacific Northwest, the history of mint goes beyond the search for fresh breath.