This book accompanies the exhibition Botanical Pleasure at the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg. Both the book and exhibition highlight the work of the contemporary artist Frank Bruggeman and his fascination with plants. For this exhibition Bruggeman has made a selection from the largely forgottennatural history collection of the Royal Zeeland Society of Arts and Sciences. In addition he made a film of the Hertogin Hedwigepolder in the easternmost corner of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. A third important component of the exhibition and book is a recently discovered herbarium from the end of the seventeenth century. There are remarkable similarities between the way in which dried plants are presented and the manner in which Bruggeman designs his flowerpieces, plantscapes and installations.