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A Veritable Eden, The Manchester Botanic Garden: A History

'A Veritable Eden', The Manchester Botanic Garden: A History
Ann Brooks
Windgather Press
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paper, 160 pp., $49.95

British author Ann Brooks directs the reader to a long-forgotten botanic garden that once held an international reputation for its horticulture and facilities for the study of botany. It was founded in 1827 by the Manchester Botanical and Horticultural Society. Although its entry gate stated that it was a public garden, the membership was limited and exclusive. The Manchester Botanic Garden has sadly vanished from memory, despite its former prominence. Brooks relates the many factors that led to its demise, providing warnings through her investigation to future leaders of diverse institutions everywhere. A high point in the work is her analysis of society and the changes over time, which can affect the support of major museums. Heavily illustrated with maps, period photographs, as well as postcards, this is an excellent case study for examination by professionals and public leaders.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden