The starting point for Linné and glimpses of paradise is the garden and flowers in painting. The early days of Finnish garden history are associated with the naturalists Pehr Kalm (1716–1779) and his teacher Carl von Linné (1707–1778), and the connection between horticultural art and botanical research was very strong at the time. Rare plants were the gardener’s pride. Flowers’ symbolic or ornamental roles in paintings developed into detailed floral portraits in the 17th century, which heralded the birth of the floral still life. Images also became an important part of natural research and its illustration. Artists specializing in flower painting – a significant number of whom were women – also left their mark on botanical publications.