In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus


1 - Buildings and cultivating the exotic in nineteenth-century Botanic Gardens

Nuala C. Johnson

Reader in Human Geography, Queen’s University Belfast

The design of spaces for displaying exotic plant species had been developing in Britain since the seventeenth century.

But it was in the nineteenth century that glasshouse design reached its apogee. The circulation of building expertise and advances in glasshouse construction were important in the development of these spaces of botanical display.

Drawing from Belfast botanical gardens, this talk will investigate the role of these spaces as sites for the execution of technical scientific expertise in engineering, as well as loci in which expert plant knowledge was embedded.

The Palm House, Botanic Gardens was designed by Charles Lanyon, built by Richard Turner and completed in 1840.

City of Science: Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

Lunchtime lecture series, Ulster Museum, Wednesday 10th April at 1.00pm.

This series has been organised by Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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