1833-1856In 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.
|Placed By||The Georgia Historical Society and the Athens Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 279691 N 3759912|
|Decimal Degrees||33.95666667, -83.38416667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 57.4', W 83° 23.05'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 57' 24" N, 83° 23' 3" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 168 N Pope St, Athens GA 30601, US|
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