Botanical Garden Definitions

Discussion in 'Conversations Forum' started by mesosaur, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. mesosaur

    mesosaur Member

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    I am a plant enthusiast and a member of the local Friends of the Botanical Gardens here in Penang,Malaysia.

    Our Botanical gardens as far as I know was started by the British and administered by them and from Independance was then handed over to the state government.
    In the ensuing years however the Gardens seem to have lost their direction and we are now very much in danger of becoming just a recreation park.

    Pretty plants,lots of visitors both local and foreign,lots of joggers and picnickers...the Friends was started by a group of concerned citizens,all laymen and garden enthusiasts,who were appalled at the direction our Gardens have headed.

    I am looking for a website-or perhaps some kind soul who is qualified-that can tell me concisely the functions of a Botanical Garden as opposed to a park or a recreational ground.

    We meet with representatives of the local government and we feel it is time to draw up a charter to at least set the curator on the right path,but we don't quite know where to begin.

    Any pointers would be very much appreciated.
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hello mesosaur, welcome to the UBC Botanical Garden Forums. I am glad that you have become involved in the preservation of the botanical garden there in Penang. The question of what makes a park a botanic garden is an interesting one. This forum is for introductions and is limited to members. I copied your post to another forum (viewable by guests) where we can discuss the issue. Readers please make replies in this thread.

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