Young visitors and a museum educator examine a teaching specimen together in the Grainger Science Hub

Queer Botany: Flowers and their connection to the LGBTQ+ Community

Event summary


6/7, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Part of the series: Meet a Scientist


Included with admission


About this event

See the latest science firsthand in the Grainger Science Hub.

Botany and the LGBTQ+ community overlap in many ways, like their shared use of terminology like "bisexual" as lilies, tulips, and roses being known as bisexual flowers, or their cultural significance dating back to 7th century BCE with papyrus fragments of poetry by Sappho referencing violets.

This event is presented as part of our Pride Month celebration.

Scientists, researchers, and collections managers are behind the scenes every day, uncovering new information and taking care of our collection.

During Meet a Scientist, you can find them in the Grainger Science Hub. They'll discuss their work and share real items from the museum’s collection of nearly 40 million objects. From collections care to field work, and dinosaurs to ecology, there’s a world of science to explore.

Visit the Science Hub on select weekdays for an up-close look at what our researchers do every day.