Keeney examines the role of botany in the lives of nineteenth-century ‘botanizers,’ amateur scientists who collected, identified, and preserved plant specimens as a pastime. Using popular magazines, fiction, and autobiographies of the day, she explores the popular culture of this avocation, which attracted both men and women by the thousands.
Elizabeth B. Keeney. The Botanizers: Amateur Scientists in Nineteenth-Century America. University of North Carolina Press, 1992.