|An aerial view of the Orto Botanico|
|I found this early photographic view|
of the gardens in a Padua antique shop
|Another early view of the gardens this time showing |
the glasshouse surrounding the 'Goethe palm'
|During the warmer months of the year |
many of the frost tender plants - such
as these succulents - are moved outside
In 1997 the institution was listed as a UNESCO World heritage Site on the following grounds: 'The Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of all botanical gardens in the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It has made a profound contribution to the development of many modern scientific, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology and pharmacy.'
Within easy reach of Venice Padua is well worth a visit. Although badly damaged by bombing in World War II the city is filled with many wonderful historic buildings. Personal favourites are the Scrovegni Chapel (also known as the Apollo Chapel) decorated by Giotto, and the 13th century Baptistery decorated with frescoes by Giusto de Menabuoi.
I would love to hear from readers who share my enthusiasm for this garden and city.
Further reading in English: The Botanical Garden of Padua 1545-1995, edited by Alessandro Minelli, Marsilio, Venice, 1995