Now that the summer is here, we will have a lot more time for enjoying the outdoors, and public gardens are of especial interest to many of us. Even though it is a very short season in Alberta, we have many superb gardens that enhance our enjoyment and our education.
In Calgary for example, we have the Reader Rock Gardens
, the Devonian Gardens
, as well as the Botanical gardens of Silver Springs
and Botanical gardens of the Calgary Zoo
. In the Edmonton area, we have Muttart Conservatory
, the St. Albert Botanic Park
, and the Devonian Botanic Garden
. You can also find significant botanic gardens in Lethbridge
. Perhaps one of Canada’s most well-known botanic gardens are found in Victoria – the Butchart Gardens
. There are 3343 botanical gardens worldwide registered with Botanic Gardens Conservation International
If you look back at my previous blogs, you would be correct in assuming I have a fascination with botanic gardens. I have written about my experiences in the gardens of:
Also on my wishlist was to visit Rome’s Museo Orto Botanico
. On my most recent trip there, I was pleased to find that I was a quick walk to these historic botanic gardens associated with the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome.
The gardens are very proud of their first director, Pietro Romualdo Pirotta (1853 – 1936). You see his bust almost as soon as entering the park. These gardens in Rome have a long history, but it was not until 1883 that they became officially attached to the University. Perhaps it is important to note that Italy as a unified country has existed just slightly longer than has Canada. These gardens have a connection with the formation of the country.