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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Index Seminum

(Index Seminum catalog covers: 1. Desert Legum Program, Tucson AZ ; 2. Parco Nazionale della Majella, Abruzzo, Italy)

The idea of a plant and seed exchange was formulated in 1683 when John Watts, the Director of The Chelsea Physic Garden visited the Leiden University Botanic Garden taking plants and seeds with him. The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries.
The Chelsea Physic Garden seed list (Index Seminum) as we know it now was first produced in 1901 when the City Parochial Foundation took over the management of the Garden. In 1983 the Garden was placed in the care of a group of trustees under the Chairmanship of Dr. David Jamison, and the Society of Apothecaries has since kindly agreed to finance the seed list.
The exchanges of plant material have continued until the present day, enabling Botanic Gardens all over the world to introduce new plants to their countries and to maintain interesting and diverse collections within their grounds.
The seed exchange now operates between the Chelsea Physic Garden and approximately 368 other Botanic Gardens and universities in 37 different countries.
The Botanical Illustration Program has got a unique request to produce the cover illustration for the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Index Seminum 2008. DBG’ list for 2008 includes 78 different species. Please see #08W BI 380.
This is an evening’s class and should attract many.
NOTE: Material from this class is also going to be used in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Research Department Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Book 2008.

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