1406 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77019
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Rienzi opens its doors at sunset! Treat yourself to an engaging short lecture, an open-house tour of the collection, and social time over wine and bites. "Horticulture and Imperialism: The Garden Spaces of the British Empire" Presented by Lynn Voskuil, University of Houston The 19th century was an era of unprecedented growth and expansion for British horticulture. The plant stock in British gardens today owes much of its diversity to Victorian nurserymen and plant-hunters who introduced thousands of new specimens into Britain from its colonies abroad and other international outposts. This talk explores the horticultural technologies and developments that enabled this expansion, focusing in particular on one case study: a Cornish garden still in existence that features plants from Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South America, South Africa, California, and the Canary Islands in a uniquely designed landscape.
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