My dearest, today I am going to tell you about one of the most charming and interesting places in Padua: the University Botanical Garden.
“It is a magical place and a place of absolute beauty”
A GARDEN AT THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE
Founded in 1545, the Botanical Garden of Padua is the world’s oldest university botanical garden having remained in its original seat.
The university of Padua, which was founded in 1222, was very active in the study of plants even before the Botanical Garden was created; in particular, the study of plants aimed at applying them to medicine and pharmacological sciences. In this framework, the Botanical Garden was a sort of innovation with the purpose of enhancing university research activities. In fact, it was created as “a garden of simple herbs”, which means it was designed to grow medicinal plants necessary to obtain most natural medicaments, which were called “simple herbs”.
The Botanical Garden of Padua was also the place were a number of exotic plants were first introduced and studied, coming from places where the Republic of Venice had properties or trading activities.
In addition, because it is the world’s oldest botanical garden, visitors can of course admire even particularly long-lived plants, known as “historic trees”. Among those, the oldest is “Saint Peter’s palm tree” which became famous as “Goethe’s palm tree” and which was planted in 1585.
It is called after the German poet Goethe because he was attracted to this dwarf palm tree (Chamaerops humilis) during his visit at the Botanical Garden back on 26 September 1786.
Europe’s oldest magnolia, dating back to 1786, can also be admired at Padua’s Botanical Garden
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Since 1997 the Botanical Garden of Padua has been a Unesco World Heritage site. The reason why it was listed is:
“the Botanical Garden of Padua is the origin of all botanical gardens throughout 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 disciplines, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology, and pharmacy.”
A DAY OUT OF THE ORDINARY
These days I am repeatedly visiting the Botanical Garden because there is a splendid festival going on from 24 to 28 April with music, theatre, conferences, meetings, guided tours, laboratories and games.
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“Tomorrow morning, for instance, I am attending the conference “Let us save biodiversity”
In the afternoon, instead, I will enjoy a concert of Mediterranean music entitled “Music of our seas”. How gorgeous, it will be held outdoors, in the Garden of Biodiversity.
Music and nature: a union made in heaven!”.
Well, my dear, I must start preparing my Valier tote with all I need for a sunny, varied, interesting spring day offering a conference, a tour of the Garden and music outdoors.
I can’t wait to be there!