Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Name

MA in History

Department

History

Advisor

Dr. Hopper

Abstract

This thesis examines the history of botanical gardens and their evolution

from ancient spaces to the modern gardens of the 20th century. I provide a brief

overview of botanical gardens, with a focus on the unique intersection of public

participation and scientific study that started to occur within garden spaces during

the 20th century, which still continues today. I reveal the history of gardens that

influenced the uses of gardens today, with a focus on: the first ancient gardens

and the dependency societies had on them, the influence of science in gardens

starting in the Enlightenment period, the shift away from scientific gardens and

the introductions of public gardens in the early 20th century, and the

reintroduction of science into gardens during the conservation movement of the

1950s.

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