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Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cutler Botanic Gardens

1823–1973

 
 
Cutler Botanic Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Cutler Botanic Gardens Marker
Inscription. On August 20, 1823, the Board of Trustees of Ohio University, of which Judge Ephraim Cutler was a leading member, set aside 300 acres “west of the College green” for a botanical garden and the site of a medical college, in memory of the co-founder of the University, Rev. Dr. Menasseh Cutler, who died July 26, 1823. The great Ginkgo Biloba nearby is a relic of these gardens, which are being commemorated this day August 20, 1973 by the planting of Franklinia Alatamaha by C. William O’Neill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Ohio.

This planting and plaque donated in honor of their botanical forefathers, the Rev. Dr. Manasseh Cutler and Judge Ephraim Cutler, by The Dawes Arboretum and for the Glory of God.
 
Erected 1973.
 
Location. 39° 19.326′ N, 82° 6.306′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is at the intersection of South Shafer Street and Richland Avenue, on the left when traveling east on South Shafer Street. Click for map. Marker is next to the log house at this intersection and faces the stadium that is across the street. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Marker and the <i>Franklinia Alatamaha</i> (Ben Franklin Tree) on the Left image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Marker and the Franklinia Alatamaha (Ben Franklin Tree) on the Left
within walking distance of this marker. The Silas Bingham House (a few steps from this marker); Ohio University (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Normandy Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Manasseh Cutler Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Kissing Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Student Voices (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ohio University 1915 Alumni Gateway (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Ohio University (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Former Grounds of the Cutler Botanic Gardens image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Former Grounds of the Cutler Botanic Gardens
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,131 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Better photos of the trees mentioned • Photos of other remnants of the gardens • Can you help?
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