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The Wardian Age

Dr. Nathaniel Ward circa 1855An age defined by a deceptively simple invention, a tool that would allow for the transportation of the most delicate plant specimens, for scientific examination and to enhance the collections of wealthy enthusiasts. But an invention that would also allow for the establishment of the tea industry in India, the rubber industry in South East Asia, and the establishment of banana, coffee, citrus, cocoa, and vanilla plantations throughout the world's tropical regions, forever changing the planet.

It was the Wardian Case, or as we know it today, the terrarium.


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