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28Jan/114

The History of Hydroponics

This past October, Maximum Yield magazine brought its world renowned Indoor Gardening Expo to Long Beach for the first time. And as was customary with the annual San Francisco show, BGH was asked to provide an "Education Station" booth. Normally we would set up a booth of several complete growing systems as a way to educate attendees on hydroponic systems and methods. For the Long Beach show we decided to do something a little different. We left the HID lights and grow tents at home and instead, put together a booth that showcased the History of Hydroponics. The BGH team put in over a hundred and forty hours and consulted over 25 major organizations and companies all over the world. We reached out to numerous other sources when researching this topic, and many of our findings were surprising, even to us.

The history of hydroponics is deep and rich. Spanning thousands of years, hydroponic gardening has stood as proof of mankind's ingenuity and fortitude when faced with less than ideal growing conditions and hungry mouths to feed. What most of us today consider merely a hobby has been at the forefront of the advancements of civilization for several millennium. Come take a closer look with us at the vast and surprising History of Hydroponics!

pics after the jump



We would like to take the time to acknowledge the following individuals and organizations that have contributed to this project. Thank you very much for your help and support with finding images, articles and other various important bits of information on the History of Hydroponics.

Laura Capell
Special Collections
University of Miami Libraries

Joanna Hopkins
Picture Curator
The Royal Society

Liz Suckow
Archivist WTSI History Division
NASA Headquarters

National Archives and Records Administration
Special Media Archives Services Division
National Archives at College Park

Kate Igoe
Permissions Archivist
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution

John Carberry
Press Relations Office
Cornell University

Lawrence Brooke
General Hydroponics

Christina Brooke
General Hydroponics

Martin Broenkow
General Hydroponics

Brian Mullen
Public Affairs Specialist
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Elizabeth C. Borja, CA
Reference Services Archivist
National Air and Space Museum
Archives Division

Kylie Moloney
Archivist
Pacific Manuscripts Bureau
College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Canberra, Australia

Gwen Pitman
NASA Media Services

Vibeke "Vee" Kjoelhede
Grodan Inc. North America

Kelley Nicholson
American Hydroponics

Florice Whyte Kovan, MA
Academic & Publisher Research

Richard Spencer
Library Manager
World Technical Services, Inc.

Dr. T. Keith
Glennan Memorial Library
NASA Headquarters

Roy Peleg
Pelemix

Ryan Pettigrew
AV Archivist
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Holly Reed
National Archives & Records Administration
Still Picture Reference

Geary Cooper
Canna Hydroponics

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  • strobezz

    Awesome poster !! good work but Oupss mistake 1397 instead of 1937 between 1933 and 1940

  • Hydroponics

    G8 post………really interested….I lov gardening……but I don't hv enough knowledge about hydroponics……thnx for your info

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