Collection - Canadian Horticultural Education Collection

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Canadian Horticultural Education Collection

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  • 1904-2017 (Creation)

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55.5 cm of textual records; 18 slides

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Custodial history

Canadian horticultural education began in 1874 with the formation of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). The college’s courses centered mainly on agricultural education; eventually, the curriculum was broadened to include horticulture as well.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century social reform activities led to the creation of many horticultural movements. For example, in 1904 the OAC developed a program called Nature Study that encouraged students to connect with nature as a means of preparing them for farm life.

Veterans coming home from both World Wars were encouraged to take horticultural education as a means of providing them with meaningful vocations.

In the decades following the wars, many universities and colleges were created. This resulted in new horticultural programs and courses being added to university and college rosters.

Universities also created arboreta as physical places where students gained practical experiences studying plants and animals.

For individual histories please see the finding aid’s appendix.

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This collection consists of textbooks; correspondence; articles; pamphlets; newspaper articles; bulletins; guidebooks; booklets; registration forms; maps; master plans; inventories; indexes; publications; slides; reports; conference and symposium programmes; speaker biographies; mailing lists; business cards; hand-written notes; photocopied articles and appendices; presentations; and reference lists created by Canadian conference organizers and their participants with a focus on horticulture, landscape, garden history, and historical farms and museums.

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This is an artificial collection, meaning that its materials were collected over time by different users, rather than being acquired by a single donor. Thus, the records’ original order and provenance have been lost.


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  • English

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