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Title "Ferns Under Glass" at Philadelphia Flower Show 1987
CATALOG NUMBER 2013.27.70
Description "Ferns Under Glass" at Philadelphia Flower Show 1987 Arboretum Centennial 1987
Full size cut out of Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, inventor of the Wardian Case with a type of Wardian case used by plant explorers to transport delicate plants between continents.
In the box are orchids, ferns, and possibly tea and rubber plants which were most affected by the use of this case.
Stamped on front: LIVE TROPICAL PLANTS. PROTECT FROM COLD.
Below on shipping crate:
SEEDS PERISHABLE
TO BE KEPT COOL AND DRY
DELIVER TO:
MORRIS ARBORETUM
C/O UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Stamped on side:
To:
Director
Morris Arboretum
Univ. of Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA
U.S.A.
P.A. 19118

First mentioned in the literature in 1836, and expanded upon in 1842, Wardian Cases were intended for homes, but soon made it possible to ship live plants between continents, helping to start new industries in other locations, expand the studies of botany, and feed the craze to have ferns, orchids and other delicate plants in people's homes.
Object Name Transparency, Slide
PLACE IN THE GARDEN Phildelphia Flower Show
People Ward, Dr. Nathaniel B
Date 1987
Year Range from 1980.0
Year Range to 1990.0
Film Size 35mm
Number of images 1.0
Collection R. Gutowski Slides