We read and digest all essential plant-related stuff, so you don’t have to.
We read and digest all essential plant-related stuff, so you don’t have to.
After a few weeks of holidays, our botanical lab in Žižkov is now open again and we’re super excited to share our favourite flora with you.
Did you know that Louis XIV only bathed three times in his entire life, but demanded a different fragrance be prepared every single day?
Autumn is back, and so are phytolabs - courses of phytotherapy held at our botanical lab in Žiźkov. This time, we're going to focus on three topics: we'll look at essential oils, teach you how to make Marseille soap, and brush off the favourite cold cream for dry skin. From 18 September every Tuesdays and Thursdays at Haenke Botanical Lab, and now finally in Czech too. Get tickets on GoOut.
So what can you make this autumn in Haenke?
Thanks to their medicinal properties, essential oils have been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial or calming effects. During our phytolab we'll show you how essential oils are produced via the distillation process, what you can use them for, and we'll teach you how to make a perfumed water (eau de parfum) based on selected essential oils with medicinal properties.
Dates: 18, 20, 25 and 27 September, 2, 4, 9, and 11 October
Savon de Marseille or the Marseille soap is a natural form of soap fabrication whose history goes back to 16 century when the soap-making industry began to flourish in Provence thanks to its endemic flora. Marseille soap contains 100% natural ingredients, is suitable for vegans and its production is environmentally ethical - so much for reasons why you'll fall in love with this product. Thanks to its hypoallergenic and antiseptic properties, it's widely used to help rejuvenate dry skin, but it will equally do well at home as a stain remover, toothpaste, against insect or against night cramps. How to make this little wonder yourself, that's what we're going to show you during this phytolab.
A little note: the saponification process must take at least a week, that's why we're going to store the product for you, and you'll be able to pick your new best friend one week later at Haenke - or we're going to bring it to you (available within central Prague).
Dates: 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 October and 1, 6 and 8 November
The invention of this amazing aid against dry skin is attributed to Gallen, a physician from ancient Greece. His famous prescription based on water and oils is still known as cérat de Galien, and was hailed even by the famed British botanist Nicolas Culpeper. You can choose a vegan version of your cold cream, and besides that you'll learn what other tricks work with dry skin.
Dates: 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 November, 4 and 6 December
Haenke’s Phytolabs are designed to introduce you to phytotherapy, a science-based medical practice, which relies on an empirical appreciation of medicinal herbs and is often linked to traditional knowledge. Find out about herbal products, their medicinal properties, and learn how to use them safely under the guidance of healthcare professionals.
Sessions will be carried out in English and will last approx. 1h30 / 2h. It will include the following:
• Introduction to phytotherapy: what is phytotherapy, the different ingredients that can be used, benefits and risks of using herbal products at home
• Hygiene instructions: hygiene and safety measures during the product-making process, risk of allergy and how to handle the manufacturing procedure before, during and after the use of a homemade product.
• Knowledge of the ingredients: presentation of the ingredients we will work with, their characteristics, uses, benefits as well as their risks.
• Pharmaceutical techniques: learn a product-making technique used by pharmacists and what benefits it brings
• Practice: create a product based on herbal ingredients, and learn how to properly label as well as trace it.
All courses start at 6pm and last for about 1.5 - 2h.
Price per person: 850 Kč
Cardamon? Card-a-mom? Cardi B?
How many times in the last few weeks have you been repeating to yourself no I’m definitely not hot? Have you mastered locations of the nearest swimming pools and looking at the Norwegians you feel like fainting any minute soon? Well, no wonder. Temperatures have been so high even Anna Netrebko wouldn’t have to be ashamed for that.
We're launching BOTANICALnews - your new monthly source of all things plant-related. Every month you'll get a carefully curated selection of news from the arts, design, architecture, urbanism, science or health - all focused on plants and greenery. Here's the first batch. Hail to all things green!
Zdena Kolečková's retrospective exhibition Strange Botany and Other Stories is held at the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace until 17 June 2018. In collaboration with the Prague City Gallery, we'll be hosting a lecture with the aim to introduce a little bit more about Thaddaus Haenke, and how arts influenced his scientific endeavours.
Step aside, pilea - a new plant is making its way to plant-filled homes across the world.
Your introduction to phytotherapy, sorted.
According to the Guardian, offices devoid of pictures, souvenirs or any other distractions are "the most toxic space you can put a human into”. A 2014 research by the Exeter University showed that when plants were installed in offices across EU and US, staff worked more efficiently as a result of this, with plants basically improving their memory, concentration, and productivity by 15%.
This phenomenon was at the centre of the latest project by Czech collective Haenke that focuses on multidisciplinary concepts connecting science and arts. In collaboration with Tereza Porybná, director of the Czech Centre London, they developed a way how to bring more greenery into new spaces of the governmental institution that promotes Czech culture in the UK, having just moved to the recently renovated building of the Czech Embassy in Notting Hill.
Haenke’s approach puts emphasis on the building’s incredible cultural heritage: built in 1970 by Czech architect Jan Bočan, the brutalist complex received the prestigious RIBA Architecture Award in 1971 and continues to be a landmark for lovers of concrete ever since. The aim was to work with concrete on the inside, too, and to juxtapose the material with the immense richness of colours and forms offered by various house plants. Those were carefully selected not only to fulfil their aesthetic function, but thanks to their air-purifying capabilities to also improve the quality of working conditions in such a remarkable interiors.
Houseplants were sourced from London’s eminent foliage heaven Conservatory Archives while the amazing concrete planters were provided by Conpot London, a Peckham-based design studio that specializes in hand-cast concrete homeware, each product having a distinct geological identity.
Both video and music were made by Anežka Horová. A student of visual media at the FAMU Academy of Arts in Prague, Anežka has collaborated with the likes of Mercedes Benz Prague Fashion Week, fashion design brand LAFORMELA, and regularly directs music videos of both Czech and international independent artists. Her music is based on soundscapes she collected during the installation in London, providing raw authenticity to the piece as well as the art of planting itself.
Begonia is a genus that counts approximately 1400 species around the globe. They are native to Mexico, Central and South America, Asia and South Africa.