Sydney’s botanic garden, founded in the early nineteenth century, was expected to ship new plants 'home' to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from where they could be transplanted to other colonial gardens, to see if they could become valuable new crops to enrich the British Empire. Such plans had varying degrees of success, leaving botanists to question why specific plants would only grow in particular places.
This lecture looks at how Kew addressed such questions, and the tensions between its role in the advancement of science, and as a public park.
Jim is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex. He specialises from Victorian natural history to the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.
Professor Endersby's lecture series are as follows:
2019/20 Utopian Gardens
All lectures by the Visiting Professor in the History of Science can be accessed here.