A view of the Botanical Garden of the State of New York. What’s that you say? The Botanical Garden of the State of New York? Well, according to the founder of The New York Botanical Garden, Nathaniel Lord Britton writing in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club (on jstor, if you aren’t able to access the link, click here):
In the year 1801 Dr. David Hosack, then professor of botany and materia medica in Columbia College, purchased twenty acres of ground in New York city, and called it the Elgin Botanic Garden; in this tract he accumulate, with great labor during the next ten years, a very large and valuable collection of plants. The institution was transferred to the State of New York, through an act of the Legislature, in 1810, and was then known as the Botanic Garden of the State of New York. It was subsequently granted to Columbia College. Funds for its maintenance were not provided, however, and it was ultimately abandoned.
Another little piece of New York City’s botanical history rediscovered. Fascinating stuff.
Photo from the Digital Gallery of the New York Public Library.