Plans to manage the Harvard Botanical Garden with more emphasis placed on the scientific side and less on the horticultural side were announced yesterday by R. H. Woodworth, director of the garden.
As announced yesterday, the garden henceforth will be used for two main purposes. It will furnish in proper condition and adequate quantity fresh and highly varied material for classroom demonstration and laboratory study, especially during the months when such material cannot be obtained from the wild; and, in the second place, the garden will be used as an instrument of research, providing properly prepared beds, as well as adequate cold frame and greenhouse space for experimental cultures in such fields as genetics, embryology, and others.
Reduce Decorative Plants
This plan calls for a reduction to a minimum of the cultivation of decorative plants such as horticultural forms and hybrids, double roses, fancy tulips, and other artificial varieties. This entire phase of horticultural endeavor is, however, being taken up by the newly formed Lexington Botanic Garden which is being supported by the Garden clubs and interested persons.
Professor S. F. Hamblin, former director of the Harvard Botanic Garden is director of this new garden in Lexington. Since he and the members of the garden clubs were instrumental in organizing many of the horticultural collections at the Harvard Botanic Garden, it has been thought wise to transfer to the Lexington garden those collections which will no longer be appropriately grown at the Harvard Garden. Any plants which have been given to Harvard with a special proviso attached will be transferred with the same understanding.