It honours John Tradescant
, an English horticulturist who, along with his son (also called John), introduced many new plants to England.
A horn from a Cheshire woman's head, one of the English naturalist, gardener and collector John Tradescant
's lost rarities, is exhibited here in replica; an entire hall is dedicated to Athanasius Kircher, the 17th-century polymath whose own Wunderkammer in Rome ranked among Europe's most celebrated.
It later died a natural death, giving John Tradescant
the Elder, whose family founded Oxford museums, an opportunity to add the specimen into his collection.
likens the exhibit to John Tradescant
's "Cabinet of Curiosities" at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum.
A couple, John and Rosemary Nicholson, traced the tomb of two royal gardeners and plant hunters, John Tradescant
and his son, at the back of the church, which inspired the couple to convert the church into the first museum dedicated to the history of gardening.
In another example, which shows how these cabinets of curiosity move to museum status and finally to set the stage for the modern museums we have today, we see the collection of John Tradescant
, which contained a vast collection of items from all over the world.
Naturalist and plant collector John Tradescant
I, often referred to as the ''father of English gardening,'' was head gardener to King Charles I.
Designed by John Tradescant
, Alan is keen on it because it showcases the ideas of the 17th century in one place.
The surname of Jordan's mentor and father-figure, John Tradescant
, is a near-miss for the transcendence for which Jordan yearns.
Haynes 86, indicates that Sandys gave these objects to John Tradescant
, though he provides no source for this information.
The collection's genesis, in the Ark or 'cabinet of curiosities' of botanist and traveller John Tradescant
, the 'keeper of gardens, vines and silkworms' to Charles I, is also much more evident than before.
The subsequent chapter, "Zoic Poetry: Animals, Ornithology, and the Ethics of Empathy," notes the era's enthusiasm for animal specimen (on view, for example, in John Tradescant
's personal museum) and then explores a poetic tendency to seek inspiration rather than profit in the contemplation of animal life.