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Botany at Biltmore: An Unusual Case of Private Support of Science


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George Vanderbilt had a curiosity about nature, and he financially supported extensive botanical activities at his Biltmore estate near Asheville. Five individuals were involved in the botanical work: Chauncy Delos Beadle, Frank Ellis Boynton, Francis Marian Crayton, Charles Lawrence Boynton, and Thomas Grant Harbison. The estate had widespread plant collections, a large herbarium, and a journal, Biltmore Botanical Studies. The botanical work was discontinued after a few years, but it made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the flora of the southeastern United States.
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