The Botanic Garden, by B. Maund, F.L.S,
[Volumes I –VI],
Edited by James C. Niven
[Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Hull]
As summer is upon us, I thought it would be an ideal time to highlight this extraordinarily beautiful series of six volumes. This issue was published in 1878 and contains an array of exquisite illustrations of flowers and plants. It is in our local studies collection since it was edited by James Niven, Curator of the Botanic Gardens, Hull.
Hull’s Botanic Gardens, south of Anlaby Road was open to subscribers in June 1812. Over time, due to Hull’s rapid urban expansion, the Botanic Gardens rural ambience was impossible to retain and it closed in 1877. James Niven was commissioned to design another Botanic Gardens on a larger, more rural site on Spring Bank West. This was opened in July 1880 but Niven didn’t live long to see the fruits of his labour, passing away after a long illness the following year. Niven was also responsible for planning Pearson Park.
More free parks opened in Hull [West Park, 1885; East Park 1887] and, as a result, the Botanic Gardens closed in 1890. Part of the site was sold to the Hull Football Club in 1887 whilst the remaining land was acquired for the creation of Hymers College which opened in 1893.
Reader Assistant, Unlocking the Treasures Project