EVERY FLOWER MUST GROW THROUGH DIRT: JAMAICA’S BOTANICAL GARDENS BY DR THERA EDWARDS

Exploring the establishment, spatial diversity and plants of Jamaica’s four extant botanical gardens in Jamaica. Every flower must grow through dirt: The Making of Jamaica’s Botanical Gardens – a Commonwealth Heritage Forum Talk by Thera Edwards. Department of Geography & Geology, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

This presentation explores the establishment, spatial diversity and plants of Jamaica’s four extant botanical gardens; Castleton in St. Mary, Bath and Cinchona in St. Thomas and Hope in St. Andrew. The talk will be illustrated with plans and pictures from the historical and contemporary periods. The future of these green spaces will be briefly explored.

Dr. Edwards is Map Curator and Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Geology at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica. Her interdisciplinary research includes landscape change and history, geomorphology, climate change responses, vegetation ecology and archaeology. Historical maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are key components of her research and analyses.

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