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In the 1890s botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton united New York City's private Gilded Age wealth with the expertise of its increasingly well-respected scientific community in order to realize his vision of a world-class botanical research institution situated within the landscaped confines of a newly annexed Bronx park. The resulting New York Botanical Garden became a decidedly American place for the practice of New World botany. Britton's success in establishing the Botanical Garden illustrates the ways in which taxonomic botany remained a priority among scientific endeavors into the twentieth century and beyond. Today, the Garden ranks among the most important institutions, both for New York City and the botanical world.
Peter Mickulas studied at Fordham University in 1995 and earned a Master of Arts (MA), American History (United States). In 2003 he recieved a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in Historythen at Rutgers University, where he also served as an Assistant Research Professor. He was an assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press, 2004), and contributed numerous articles to that publication. Author of several articles and reviews on the history of gardens and botany, he is also book review editor of H-New Jersey, an online resource for researchers in the history of the state. Rutgers University Press. Dr. Mickulas is currently the Senior Editor at Rutgers University Press and the co-editor of "The Governors of New Jersey" a current reference work on the New Jersey governorship. Peter Mickulas's Author Page