A Botanic Garden for the Nation: The United States Botanic by Anne Catherine Fallen

By Anne Catherine Fallen

This fantastically illustrated booklet provides the 1st entire examine the U.S. Botanic backyard in Washington, D.C.  via old records and coloful images, A Botanic backyard for the country tells a huge tale approximately this distinctive place.   the tale starts off in 1796 with the aid of George Washington, who believed a bBotanic backyard will be an important addition to the capital.  besides different early leaders, together with Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, Washington understood the price of vegetation for the wellbeing and fitness and monetary healthiness of the state, a message that also resonates this day. via luxurious photos, A Botanic backyard for the country deals a journey of the Conservatory, beginning with the formal backyard court docket, with its foundations and designated flower collections, and carrying on with via each plant surroundings, together with the plush Jungle, colourful Orchid apartment, and spare global Deserts.  The enticing textual content explores ecosystems and divulges information aobut attention-grabbing crops and plant collections.

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Botanic Garden Production Facility, brought to the Conservatory for exhibition, and sometimes propagated for exchange with other institutions. W (ab ove) Rare orchids growing at the Production Facility. (left) Vietnamese orchid (Paphiopedilum vietnamense). S. S. without proper documentation. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), it was added to the endangered plants collection. The Garden is working with FWS and a commercial grower to produce marketable quantities of this orchid for sale and distribution to other public gardens.

The dissected and pressed plant was preserved at the Smithsonian as a herbarium specimen. (left) Ginger (Smithatris myanmarensis). Smithsonian scientists launch expeditions to remote areas of the globe, where they continue to discover new species of plants, such as this ginger identified by Dr. John Kress in Myanmar. These rare plants are cultivated at the Botanic Garden Production Facility and put on display in the Conservatory. S. S. Exploring Expedition could not bring back live specimens of every new plant they encountered.

Brackenridge by a judicious system of exchanging has obtained many important additions. ” New explorations, including the voyage of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1852, brought more exotic plants to Washington. 30 A Botanic Garden for the Nation The United States Botanic Garden (opposite) The central pavilion of the Botanic Garden Conservatory, Harper’s Weekly, June 26, 1869. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division Visitors flocked to the glass rotunda on the Mall to view more than 300 palms and other exotic plants.

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