Imperial Botanical Gardens Versus Local Colonial Parks: British Botanical Imperialism and Colonial Greening Policies in Nineteenth Century Hong Kong

Chung Hang Vincent Ho, Tsz Wing Novem Ho

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Abstract

The Hong Kong Botanical Gardens are generally perceived as an ‘imperial project’ to affirm the potency of British botanical imperialism in East Asia. Correspondence between the administrators in Britain and Hong Kong suggests that there was tension between the two because of different aspirations related to the operation of this ‘imperial project’. Even though both parties—the representatives of Britain’s imperial interests and the representatives of local interests—understood that the project’s ultimate goal was to benefit the mother country, they had different opinions on the management of the garden. Those who represented Britain’s imperial interests believed the botanical garden’s objective should be to serve as a centre for distributing economic and scientifically interesting cultivation practices in China to other parts of the empire. For the local representatives,the garden was no more than a local park to promote the health of the small colony. The garden’s first superintendent, Charles Ford, successfully balanced the needs of both sides and expanded the botanical gardens’ aspirations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-100
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch
Volume62
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong Botanical Gardens
  • botanical imperialism
  • colonial greening policies
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Kew
  • Charles Ford
  • John MacNeile Price
  • 香港植物公園
  • 植物帝國主義
  • 殖民地的綠化政策
  • 邱園—皇家植物公園
  • 查理斯‧ 福特
  • 斐樂士

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