Friday, March 23, 2007

Orto Botanico in Padiva

The Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden) dates back to 1545 and is regarded as the oldest university garden in the world. In the beginning it was devoted to the growth of medicinal plants, but was steadily enriched with plants from all over the world. Tradition has it that the garden was planned by the Venetian nobleman Daniele Barbaro and carried out by the architect Andrea Moroni. The layout is marked by the perfection of the circle encompassing a square that is divided into four quadrants by two alleys oriented according to the cardinal points. The garden has since expanded out from its original design to make room for the plants imported over the centuries. In the spring, the gardens are one tremendous explosion of color.

Averett Tinsley

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