Friday, 13 February 2009

Dr Nathaniel Ward (1791-1868) Botanist, and resident of East London.
Inventor in 1829 of the Wardian case, a portable greenhouse in which plants could be propagated and transported across the world and used at Kew until the 1940's. Particularly successful for housing luxuriant ferns the cases became fashionable household items following the great exhibition of 1851. However, Ward's intention that they might be used to grow fresh salads in poor smoky cities never really took off.

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