Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Peradeniya: Photo 5
An empty monument to George Gardner, a medical doctor who botanized in Brazil and in 1843 was, on the recommendation of William Hooker, appointed director at Peradeniya. He served until his death of apoplexy in 1849, at age 37.
For a time there was a Latin inscription on the monument, but it has disappeared. It read: GEORGIUS GARDNER/ SOC. LINN. SOC./ HORUM HORTORUM/ AB ANNO 1843, AD 1849/ CUSTOS/ REI HERBARLAE PERITUS/ VIARUM STRENUUS/ FLORES HERBAS ARBORES/ UTRIUSQUE ORBIS DILIGENTISSIME SERVATUS EST/ QUI UT IN MEMORIAM HABEATUR/ HOC CENOTAPHIUM POSUERENT/ AMICI TAPROBANENSES/ A.D. 1855./ OBIIT IN URBE NUWARA ELIYA./ VI ID. MART, ANNO 1849,/ AETAT 37.
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