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Definition of Wardian case

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Definition as written by Erynne:

A Wardian Case is an air tight, mainly glass enclosure for growing plants. It was introduced by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, of London, in the 1800\'s. It is also known as a terrarium.

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Definition as written by Magpye:

An additional note .. In the 19th century a plant explorer and collector by the name of Dr. Nathaniel Ward designed a glass case to transport his findings. He traveled between Australia and England. During the Victorian era often Wardian Cases were highlighted in the home. We now have terrariums and bottle gardens.

Definition as written by melody:

Shared with us courtesy of Jane Boughey Sealy, daughter of A S Boughey, botanist. Takoradi in the (then) Gold Coast - now Ghana - in August 1952. It shows three Wardian cases that have just been loaded on the deck of SS Tamale (Elder Dempster Lines). Each contains live plant specimens destined for Kew Gardens. Incidentally the Citroen car being swung on board was ours. Dad bought it in France and my Mother drove it in Leicester before driving us, (there were four children at that time), to Liverpool in April 1952 to board SS Aureole to visit my Father.

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