MSU Research History: Oldest Botanical Gardens?
1873 – Botany professor W. J. Beal establishes gardens for teaching and research that are among the oldest continuously operated botanical gardens in America, but not the oldest. According to “The United States Botanic Garden,” Wikipedia, last modified February 25, 2014, accessed May 16, 2014, the United States Botantic Garden was created in 1820 and formally established in 1850:
“The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a botanic garden on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., near Garfield Circle. The Botanic Garden is supervised by the Congress through the Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds of the United States Capitol. The USBG is open every day of the year, including federal holidays. It is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in theUnited States.”
– Photo: The reflecting pond in the William J. Beal Botanical Garden on a summer afternoon, 2013.