List of Figures Acknowledgements 1: Nature, Botanical Gardens and Science 2: Foundations 3: Displaying and Displacing Nature: Order, Classification and Pleasure 4: Glass, Iron and Steam: Botanical Buildings and the Cultivation of the Exotic 5: Networks and Exchanges: Knowledge Transfer and Peopling Botanical Institutions 6: Popular Science, Public Pleasure and the Botanical Garden as a Site of Education and Entertainment 7: Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
This highly engaging book offers a wealth of fresh insights into both the history and development of botanical gardens as well as connections between science and aesthetics.
Nuala C. Johnson is Reader in Human Geography at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast. Her previous books include 'Ireland, the Great War and the Geography of Remembrance' (2003) and, as co-editor, 'Companion to Cultural Geography' (2004) and 'Culture and Society' (2008).
'Nuala Johnson's masterful ethnography of three sites where the canons of science and aesthetics are refracted and blurred demonstrates why a geographical imagination matters. This is comparative history at its best.' - James S. Duncan, University of Cambridge