Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
University of Georgia Botanical Garden
In 1833 Dr. Malthus Ward, Professor of Natural History, opened the University Botanical Garden at this location. Covering the block bounded by Broad, Pope, Reese, and Finley, the four-acre garden was intended as a laboratory for learning and experimentation as well as a location of natural beauty. The promotion of the sciences, both in the classroom and through projects like the botanical garden, reflected a growing trend in higher education away from a strictly classics-based curriculum. Although the garden gained a national reputation and became one of Athens’ greatest attractions, loss of funding forced its closure in 1856. Funds from the sale of the garden property were used to erect the iron fence surrounding the campus and the Arch, a free-standing gate that has become the symbol of the University of Georgia.
Erected 2013 by The Georgia Historical Society and the Athens Historical Society. (Marker Number 29-7.)
Location. 33° 57.4′ N, 83° 23.05′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is on North Pope Street 0.1 miles north of West Broad Street (Business U.S. 78), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Athens High and Industrial School (within shouting distance of this marker); Camak House: (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Joseph Henry Lumpkin (approx. ¼ mile away); Lucy Cobb Institute (1858-1931) (approx. ¼ mile away); Louis H. Persley (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Taylor-Grady House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Flight in Georgia (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
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