Since proposing this project in a previous post, I have been busy reading up on the history of botany and scientific exploitation throughout the colonized world. I have decided to primarily focus on the British Empire and plant collecting, since these are the sources I have been able to find. London is also home to one of the largest Botanic societies, which happens to have a variety of digitized collections.
The screen capture above gives a preview of my map and an example pin. I have also been doing research and finding the origins of many specific plants, but I have found that it is difficult to find out when specific plants were introduced to the western market. The current format for pins for each plant includes about 70-100 words describing the plant, care notes on light, humidity, and watering, and attribution to the source of the images I am using. When I have found information relating to the plant’s history in relation to humans, I am also including that information.
Most photos I have been using are from Unsplash.com, a website that makes beautiful photos available for use free of charge. While Unsplash does not require photos to be attributed to artists, I have chosen to ensure that all photos I have used are attributed to the photographer.
I have largely finished the bulk of my research for the rest of the website and I am now working on writing text for the website. Some parts of the website have not been written yet, but have been outlined. As seen above, I have put general outline information into the StoryMap in order to show my thought process. Each of these sections feature a photo related to the text. Attribution for these photos can be seen by hovering over the (i) icon in the top left of the image.
I would be interested to hear anyone’s comments on my progress so far. This project has proven to be one of my favorites that I have worked on in a while. The wealth of primary sources available through the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew is impressive– and I wish I could put more of it to use in this project. Also, let me know if there are any specific houseplants you would like to see on the map so I can make sure I am getting all of the most popular plants on there. Thanks everyone!