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Re: Chicago Botanic

Here's a little input from Scotland:
There's a famous one in Edinburgh and its official title is:
The Royal Botanic Garden.
Coincidentally, this is also the official title of the one in London at Kew,
where that other Queen holds her court.
Interestingly, natives of both areas refer to the gardens as The Botanical
Gardens (usually when we're directing tourists to them or giving people
directions and using the gardens as a landmark. I'm not sure what happens in
London on this score but, in Edinburgh, locals discussing the gardens will
say I'll meet you at the Botanics/ I took a walk through the Botanics.
Not sure whether that's helped you at all. I don't suppose it has with
respect to the US position.

and from Chicago:
Having grown up just a mile or two from the Chicago Botanic Garden, I can
assure you that natives of that area refer to it as the Botanic Garden (not
the Botanical Garden), and say I'll meet you at the Botanic Garden (not,
I'll meet you at the Botanic).

If I get anything more solid grammatically, I'll pass it along.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 2:59 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chicago Botanic

> > Meant to pick up on this earlier, Donna. Chicago, Denver, and the U.S.
> > all have botanic gardens. Everyone else seems to prefer the prolix
> > "botanical." Reminds me of the health nudniks who prefer "preventative"
> > to preventive. Like, making it longer and dumber makes it more
> > important.
> Or people who work in the horticulture industry and refer to themselves as
> horticulturalists...  No!  It's horticulturists!  Maybe it's a deep sense
> of inadequacy by these folks.  They don't want to the noun as the root, so
> they cover their butts by using an adjective form.
> Then when their plants die they can argue that they didn't claim to be
> who practiced horticulture; rather they were *like* people who practiced
> horticulture (so it's OK).
> Of course, if I follow this logic botanical garden might be a better term
> than botanic garden, since most of them seem to have strayed from a
> purpose based in botany to whatever brings in the bucks...  Maybe that's
> why Merriam-Webster now recognizes 'botanical garden' as a valid term!
> :)
> Chris
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