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The Botanic Garden.

Instead of being hidden from curious eyes by a thick hedge of trees within the fence, like the Observatory, the Botanic Garden lies open for everybody to look in upon as they pass; and on the gate at the top of the hill, the stranger finds printed an invitation to enter.

The Garden has, seemingly, a more intimate connection than has the Observatory with Harvard College. The professors at the Observatory rarely give courses at the college. The work is too exacting to leave the professors much time to teach. Those few fine instruments have too great value for pure scientific work to allow them to be much used as mediums of instruction or amusement. At the Botanical Garden, however, the college students are to be seen frequently, and the professors give courses at the college.

Primarily, of course, the Garden exists for scientific research. It was begun in 1800 by Professor Peck, and has been under careful management ever since. Now it is an excellent collection of plants from all over the world, systematically arranged, and carefully labelled. Many rare plants are included in the collection. Rare and beautiful trees, too, are scattered here and there. A considerable tract of land has been set aside recently for an American Garden. Here are arranged American wild plants. This is not by any means completed, but

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