My favorite place in San Diego is the Botanical Garden. Being an Easterner, I feel dismayed by huge swaths of the US that are so dry. The Botanical Garden is truly a green place, a paradise in the midst of dryness.
Botanical Gardens were a creation (in Europe) associated with the Renaissance..think of Bacon and his ‘Jewel House’…and an attempt to recreate the Garden of Eden by bringing all the plants of the world together again. In the sixteenth century, the “scientists”in England and Italy…particularly the Jesuits, were struck by the wonders of the world Europeans were discovering. They believed after the creation of the world, everything in Eden had been scattered at the fall. Later, some of them became more scholarly and the discipline of botany emerged. Botanical Gardens today reflect this history, although most, like the San Diego garden are dedicated to displaying local flora.
The history of botany and gardens is my favorite. I even wrote a couple of papers and articles on the topic for Wikipedia as a class assignment.
Among other books, I read The Soil Will Save Us by journalist Kristin Ohlson, on my long arduous flight across the US back to my own garden. Thus I am in a botanical mood.
I will write more later, and visit friends this week, but am in agony today from a couple of falls I sustained on my trip. The second was especially hard. Seems I am better off staying home on familiar surfaces, although it was good to see the kids.
Note, I did not fall when I was near plants! And I can hold a book.