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.
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.
National Theatre in Prague, 2017
_ with Juráš Lasovský
_ with Amanoriginal
Czech Centre London, 2017
_ with Anežka Horová
Střecha Lucerny, 2018
reSITE festival 2018
Forum Karlín, 2018
Praha, Fórum pro architekturu a média, Brno 2019
_ spolu s Final_Final
Prague Quadriennal 2019
_ with Tereza Stehlíková
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. Past seasons’ topics included plant tips on how to combat 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, free from dubious chemicals and friendly to both your skin and our planet.
Upcoming dates will be announced in autumn, what this space or our social
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?
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Hænke Botanical Lab
Prague 3 - Žižkov 130 00
Opening hours: Mo - Fri 13 - 19h