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.

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.





It is our mission to encourage the public to discover about relationship between plants and people around the world, including the use of medicinal plants. However, we think beyond workshops and lectures; trying to approach the public in more interactive ways instead. We are constantly on the hunt for partners who would like to participate in those adventures with us, and to show the extraordinary world of plants in an extraordinary context to both Czech and international public.


Victoria pragensis

In collaboration with: National Theatre in Prague, Juráš Lasovský

Enter a botanical labyrinth of nearly one thousand plants and set on a quest to find those renowned for their medicinal properties. Victoria pragensis is a temporary landscape within urban space. It is comprised of nearly thousand plants forming together green soft contours. Its authors encourage the audience to make use of public spaces they perceive as a vital part of our living rooms, work spaces and places for leisure. There are approximately 400,000 plant species worldwide, with nearly a tenth of them used for their unique medicinal properties. There are approximately 400,000 plant species worldwide, with nearly a tenth of them being used for its medicinal qualities. The aim of Victoria pragensis is to emphasize the precious yet fragile cultural heritage of medicinal plants as well as , and theirthe role of greenery in the context of public spaces and contemporary urban design. Its name refers is derived from Victoria amazonica –- the world's largest water lily – first discovered in 1801 by the Czech botanist Thaddaus Haenke Haenke who was the first one to have scientifically described Latin America’s flora to the European audience.


In collaboration with: Amanoriginal (Designblok Award nomination)

Our typical city life predetermines us to spend up to 90% of our time indoors. How can we create the condition to make our lives enjoyable despite being constantly surrounded by four walls? As plants gain more prominence within interiors, Hænke and the Czech design brand Amaoriginal explore the connection between perfect furniture and the function of houseplants in interiors. The plants chosen for the installation are remarkable not only for their medicinal properties but also history and extraordinary uses: some well-known houseplants (monstera, ficus, dracaena) are used in gastronomy in different cultures across the world while popular edible plants (aloe, agave, coconut, pineapple) can become an ideal houseplant thanks to their low maintenance costs. The entire installation is full of contrasts: Instagram minimalism and “plantgang” collides with the joyful decoration à la Memphis Group whose colourful geometric design made headlines in the 1980s, providing inspiration for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld or David Bowie.


We provide green installations to shops, venues, offices, cafés as well as special events such as press conferences, styling for media or arts and performance. Our greenery always comes with a story that unites carefully curated plants with the main concept of each project. Alongside botanical installations, we also provide consultancy in ethnobotany, phytotherapy and horticulture as well as regular maintenance work.


Want to work with us? 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.