New Green World

New Green World

New Green World

New Green World

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John Bartram, Eighteenth Century botanist and explorer of the wilderness, lived his long, good life in the State of Pennsylvania, some thirty-five miles from the place where I now live, and where a little plant called the Star of Bethlehem, thought by Bartram doomed to perish, continues to flourish. He was not merely a botanist nor is this study of certain phases of his life made from any specialized viewpoint. In his day botany was an open field; a new species cause for a shout of joy. Each specimen was carefully studied in its natural habitat; it was related to a universe. The little coterie of men who devoted their lives to what was then known as natural history, for it included stones and turtles as well as trees and flowers, were whole men confronting a whole world, not human beings floating in a culture medium. When a man . . .

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