Haenke is a Prague-based project championing the importance of plants in society through a series of bespoke events and immersive installations. Our mission is to promote plant research and its potential in tackling global issues from anti-microbial resistance, protection of the Amazon forest or current challenges in urban lifestyle. Through our activities, we seek to raise awareness about the function and uses of plants all around the world, from medicine to architecture, from fashion to design.



Humanity faces several major challenges today – some of them are directly related to public health such as climate change, anti-microbial resistance or the challenges of urban lifestyle. We believe that plant research may bring solutions to at least some of the global threaths. There are 400 thousand plant species in the world and only 2% have been scientifically studied. But it has already been proven certain plants have anti-microbial properties while others help clean air in interiors, not to mention the psychological value plants and nature bring to our lives. As the importance of sustainable lifestyle is increasingly growing, people tend to reach towards herbal remedies as an organic, natural alternative to synthetic medicine. Available information, however, are not always correct and reliable, and it is therefore vital to provide a trusted source based on scientific research.

Haenke was conceived in early 2017 by French ethnobotanist Julien Antih. His idea comes as a response to lack of scientifically-proven resources about the use of plants - both medicinal and ornamental - available to wide public. As the importance of sustainable lifestyle is increasingly growing, city dwellers tend to reach towards herbal remedies as an organic, natural alternative to synthetic medicine. Available information, however, are not always correct and reliable, and it is therefore vital to provide a trusted source based on scientific research, mainly ethnobotany, phytotherapy, and pharmacognosy. Julien originally trained as a pharmacist, specialising in pharmacognosy and phytotherapy through research at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University of London and Universidad de Barcelona.

Photography: Adriana Fialová for

Photography: Adriana Fialová for


The project's name is inspired by Thaddaus Häenke, famed explorer and botanist who is sometimes dubbed "Czech Humboldt". Häenke was born in a tiny little village in Bohemia but spent most of his life on scientific expeditions around the globe where he collected thousands of plants, described its uses and even contributed to the creation of the smallpox vaccine. He died in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 1816. By naming our project after him, we intend to pay him a long deserved tribute.





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Victoria pragensis

National Theatre in Prague, 2017

_ with Juráš Lasovský



Designblok, 2017

_ with Amanoriginal

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Brutal Green

Czech Centre London, 2017

_ with Anežka Horová


Střecha Lucerny

Střecha Lucerny, 2018


Manifesto Market

reSITE, 2018


reSITE festival 2018

Forum Karlín, 2018


As part of our mission to promote the use of plants in our lives, we regularly hold workshops whose aim is to raise awareness about phytotherapy and to teach the public how to work with medicinal plants when making your own natural cosmetics or herbal medicine. This season, you can learn what plants help against stress and anxiety, how to make a perfumed water from essential oils or create a bespoke cold cream against dry skin, all based purely on natural ingredients. Get your spot via GoOut.

Coming up next:

7 March | Stress and Anxiety

21 March | Urban Jungle Spring Edition 

4 April | Essential Oils and Perfumed Water

11 April | Stress and Anxiety

25 April | Urban Jungle Spring Edition 


We can fill your offices with greenery, host a workshop or a lecture for you and your team, provide botanical decorations for your event, concert or installation. We love to introduce plants through their story and rich history they represent.

Where you could see our installations, talks, workshops and other projects…

Where else you could see our plants growing?

Want to work together? Let us know!





say hello:


Julien Antih

science and research


Alexandra Střelcová

strategic partnerships, contact for press


t 776 59 75 76

Hænke Botanical Lab

Chvalova 12

Prague 3 - Žižkov 130 00

Opening hours: Mo - Fri 13 - 19h




The fundamental mission of our project is to inform the public about medicinal plants and its role in the context of public health. Information provided hereby aim to improve your relationship with medicine, not to substitute it. Using medicinal plants and products made of them must under no circumstances serve as a substitution or addition to medical treatment without prior consultation of a doctor. Information hereby stated are not intended to children, patients already suffering with common disease or pregnant and lactating women, unless stated otherwise. When you buy and use medicinal plants and plant-based products, always prefer good-quality brands, ideally organic, or those whose sourcing can be easily traced. Always make sure you are buying the right plant - it is always its Latin name, gender and type (eg. mint = mentha piperita). To avoid fakes, don't buy plants on the Internet or from dubious resources. Taking medicine in combination with medicinal plants or products based on medicinal plants may provoke side effects - always consult your GP before using them.