This article will investigate the role of the botanical garden in botany. What its role is and how it fills it. This article will take the Missouri Botanical Garden as a case study, drawing heavily from archival material compromised mostly of letters between Henry Shaw and the prominent botanists of his day. This study also draws on the prominent histories of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The analysis use the philosophical tradition around reference in logic and language. This study argues that the botanical garden is a bridge between locality and herbaria. The order of the flora travels to the locality and the wildness of the locality travels to the flora. Both cross the botanical garden where the reference between the entry in the flora and the occurrence of the species in the wild is made explicit.
"The Planted Catalog: The Role of the Botanical Garden in Botany,"
Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science: Vol. 20:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jscas/vol20/iss1/2