How a simple wood and glass box revolutionised gardening

The year 1833 is an auspicious date for lovers of plants and gardening.

This is when the first experiment testing a Wardian case occurred.

Two wooden boxes carrying ferns and grasses travelled from London to Sydney on the deck of a ship.

Amazingly, the plants survived the six-month journey, where previously they would have perished.

The experiment revolutionised the transport of live plants around the globe. 

As a result, mangoes, orchids, roses and rhododendrons were able to make the journey to Australia and take root in gardens and as crops.

The impact of the Wardian case is still felt today — and its legacy is complex.

Read more at ABC News (Sarah L'Estrange)

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