“a noble spot of ground” – a history of the Museum Gardens
- 6 Jun 2017
- Start time
- 7:30 PM
- Tempest Anderson Hall
- Dr Peter Hogarth
by Dr Peter Hogarth, Department of Biology, University of York
We are all familiar with the Museum Gardens. The history of the land before the Philosophical Society came on the scene can be pieced together from the surviving remains – St Mary’s Abbey, the Multangular Tower – and historical sources: a patch of nondescript land outside a legionary fortress was shaped by the Romans, Earl Siward, William Rufus, the Benedictines, and Henry VIII, among others, until it eventually became available for the Yorkshire Philosophical Society to create their botanic garden. How YPS acquired the first few acres and later expanded their territory, and how they developed and managed the Gardens, emerges from the YPS’s own archives, from numerous pictures and maps, and from a multitude of other sources. We know who planned the Gardens, where the plants came from, what the gardeners were paid, how the grass was cut, who pruned the rhododendrons, and how the Society dealt with unruly youths (and obstreperous Members). And we can tell the story of the Gardens through the eyes, and in the words, of those who were there.