from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place where a wide variety of plants are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes, often including a library, a herbarium, and greenhouses; an arboretum.
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- n. A place where a variety of plants are grown, primarily for scientific or educational reasons, but are normally open to the public, and include ornamental plants from around the world.
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- n. a facility where trees and shrubs are cultivated for exhibition
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M. Savanti; the laboratories of pathological anatomy, experimental physics, and pharmaceutical chemistry; the botanical garden founded by Francis III in 1765; an observatory, a veterinary institute and museum, clinics, and a library.
Grand Duke Leopold sought his assistance for this herbarium, gave him the post of professor of botany at the museum of natural sciences (a chair which had been vacant for almost thirty years), and made him director of the botanical garden connected with the museum.
In the botanical garden at the palace they have the celebrated flower Tzapalilqui-Xochitl, of the Aztecs.
I can content myself with having seen G. gigantea in a botanical garden in Mauritius.