An academic book, but worth it if you can get your hands on it. A lovely history of how women participated in early botanic science--in ways that are unfamiliar or unusual these days. Plus, you get a strong sense of how science changed from the 18th to the 19th century to something that could well be done at home to an exclusive profession.
The Paper Garden, Molly Peacock. About Mrs. Delany and her flowers--and about Peacock, too. A curious mix of history and memoir, well-written if a bit more squishy with feelings than I usually like it. A physically beautiful book, too--so many lovely pictures.
I found things in here about the history of botany that I couldn't find in any proper "scholarly" book. Also, confirms my belief that *everybody* knew *everybody* in the 18th century--and were probably cousins.