The world's first botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545. It still preserves its original layout – a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a ring of water. Other elements were added later, some architectural (ornamental entrances and balustrades) and some practical (pumping installations and greenhouses). It continues to serve its original purpose as a centre for scientific research - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/824Hamilton Gardens (not that I've even been to those).
Turns out the Padua Botanical Garden is TINY. Plus we went when basically nothing much was growing, rendering it even less impressive. To add insult to injury, it was one of the few UNESCO sites where we had to pay an entrance fee. Basically, unless you're a botany nut, it's safe to give the garden a miss.
We did manage to get SOME nice shots...
|We often find these in our garden and pull them out when weeding...|
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