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The Wardian case is a portable airtight, glass-lined greenhouse that was developed by Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868) for the transportation of plants. The Wardian case revolutionised botany in the 19th century, allowing live plants to be transported across the globe. The airtight design meant that that plants stored inside were protected from smoke and pollution.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 4042613

Date: 24th September 2010

Author: EJ Wallis

Filename: ArbHort1-IMG0060.jpg

Image Size: 3072 x 2048 Pixels

Filesize is 1.28MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: History

Keywords: 19th century, botany, carrier, collecting, exploring, glasshouse, greenhouse, history, horticulture, plant, techniques, transportation, wardian case