The Joseph Dalton Hooker Collection


View Joseph Dalton Hooker's publications and personal correspondence here

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker was one of the most important botanists of the 19th century and Kew Gardens' most illustrious Director (1865-1885).

30 June 2017 is the bicentenary of Hooker's birth. In honor of this event, a new exhibition at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens, ‘Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place’, will celebrate his contributions to science and feature many of his publications and artwork from those publications. The exhibit will be open from 25 March to 17 September 2017. Learn more

On 30 June 2017, Kew Gardens will also host a conference entitled "The Making of Modern Botany," which will celebrate Hooker's life and explore his contributions to science and current botanical research. Learn more.

To celebrate J.D. Hooker, BHL will be joining Kew Gardens in the #JDHooker2017 social media campaign, which will highlight Hooker's publications and contributions to science. Follow the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the BHL blog to learn more.

You can learn more about Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, and explore his personal and scientific correspondence, on the Kew Gardens website.

In addition to browsing many of J.D. Hooker's publications in BHL, can also explore the artwork from many of these works in the Joseph Dalton Hooker Flickr Collection.

Many of J.D. Hooker's publications were illustrated by Walter Hood Fitch, who has been described as one of the most talented botanical artists of the 19th century. Learn more.