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    The Bench

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Palm House Bench

    As well as the plants there are other pieces of art work inside the Palm House too.
    One of them is an ornate marble bench with the head of a lioness on each arm and an inlaid inscription commemorating the opening of the Palm House.

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    Plant Showcase

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Palms in the Palm House!

    Liverpool's botanical collection was established nearly 200 years ago, becoming a famous centre for botanical study, 38 years before Kew Gardens came into existence.
    Its important dry plant collection from the early 19th century still survives in the Liverpool Museum today.

    The current Liverpool Botanical Collection is located at Greenhill Nursery, 6 miles from the city centre but seasonal plantings to showcase the variety of species held in the collection are on view at the Palm House.

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    Botanical Collection

    by sandysmith Written May 25, 2003

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    flower in bloom

    Liverpool's Botanical Collection was accquired from all over the world through its maritime trade. It is one of the largest municipal collections in the country, but it has not been open to the public since 1984. The Palm House now provides a home for some of the collection for them to be enjoyed again -its free of charge too!.

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    John Parkinson

    by sandysmith Written May 25, 2003

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    John Parkinson

    Making up the quartet of botanist featured at the Palm house is John Parkinson (1567-1650) He was Apothecary to James I.
    In 1629 he published his book describing 1,000 plants to be grown in English Gardens.

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    Christopher Columbus

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Columbus

    Columbus (1451-1506) was credited with the discovery of America and for establishing the concept that the World was round. Like the other explorers his discoveries extended the knowledge of botanists.I thinkk I read somewhere that this is the only statue of Colombus in England - if anyone knows different....

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    Mercator

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Mercator

    Mercator (1512-1594) was the son of a poor shoemaker in Antwerp but rose to the ranks of a renowned mathematician who invented the method of map-making using lines of latitude and longitude - hence the globe in his hand. He became known as the "Father of Cartography".

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    Palm House Close up

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Glass Palm House

    The Grade II listed Victorian Palm House was originally a gift to the city of Liverpool by Henry Yates Thompson. Its not a huge construction - certainly not compared to the mammoth greenhouses recently seen in the Eden Project in Cornwall. However it does have some beautiful botanical species and on plinths around the outside there are eight bronze /marble statues by Leon-Joseph Charalliand (1858-1921) of famous explorers and naturalists. I'd like to show these first before we go inside....

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    The Palm House

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003
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    The historic Palm House was first opened in 1896, and is home to an exotic collection of plants and palm trees.
    A bombing raid during the Second World War destroyed every frame of glass in the Palm House. It was reglazed in the 1950's at a cost of £6163. But by the 1980's vandalism and disrepair meant that the Palm House had become an unsafe derelict eyesore and it was sealed off and threatened with demolition.
    Thankfully a painstaking £2.5m lottery funded refurbishment programme has seen the building finally restored to it's former glory - it truly is a magnificent sight again, standing on a slight hill in Sefton Park.

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    Charles Darwin

    by sandysmith Updated May 31, 2003

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    Charles Darwin

    Darwin (1809-82) This Shrewsbury man became a renowned plant collector and author of "On the Origin of Species" his theory of evolution through natural selection.
    He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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    Blooms in the Palm House

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Admiring the botanical species is what most people will come for though so here's another pic - but don't ask me its name, the latin escapes me!

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    Spiral Staircase

    by sandysmith Written May 25, 2003

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    Although it can't be climbed by the public a little spiral staircase in the Palm House adds to its architectural interest.

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    Giovita's Goats

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    Goat marble

    This unusual sculpture is by Giovita Lombardi in marble. A second version is in a private collection in Italy. It seemed a strange inclusion really - not my favourite anyway.

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    The Angel's Whisper

    by sandysmith Written May 25, 2003

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    Tenderness

    My favourite marble sculpture of Benjamin Spence was this one though - "The Angel's Whisper" (1857) - which was transferred to the Palm House from the Walker Art Gallery.

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    Highland Mary Marble

    by sandysmith Updated May 25, 2003

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    marble of Mary

    This poignant marble sculpture is the work of Benjamin Spence - one of his best known work in fact. Mary, the favourite of Robert Burns, died in childbirth after their bethrothal in 1787.

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    Admiring the Plants

    by sandysmith Written May 25, 2003

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    whats that one called?

    Species from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia are on view. You needn't worry about all those Latin plant names - there are handy guides around explaining the plant habitat and nature.

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