University of Georgia Botanical Garden

University of Georgia Botanical Garden (HM21XX)

Location: Athens, GA 30601 Clarke County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 57.4', W 83° 23.05'

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In 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.
HM NumberHM21XX
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society and the Athens Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 279691 N 3759912
Decimal Degrees33.95666667, -83.38416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.4', W 83° 23.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 24" N, 83° 23' 3" W
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Area Code(s)706
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 168 N Pope St, Athens GA 30601, US
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