A Few Garden Thoughts

The first thought that comes to my mind is about National Park. Could National Park be considered a garden?

Back in the early 1800s, British introduced concept of creating a National Park, but it's actually Americans who did it. Yellowstone, the first National Park had been created in 1872, and the rest as they say is history.

Today, areas of exceptional, natural beauty, protected as National Parks exist all around the world, and many of us have seen at least one such park in our lifetime.

Fauna, flora and other great assets such as natural water reserves and unique rock formations, exist side by side there.

We can call ours water, butterfly or rock garden, and only hope that the master gardener out there, - our Mother Nature would approve.

Here is my second thought:- where flowers bloom, so does hope… (Lady Bird Johnson)

Once again, I came across this quotation, and just as I do, passing beautiful wildflowers brightening our highways, again and again, I marvel at how simplest are the most ingenious ideas.

Miss Johnson’s beautification projects, that established custom of planting flowers in cities and along highways by all States of America, belong to that category.

It may have taken president’s wife to pioneer and pass the spirit of sharing and appreciation of a flower, wild or otherwise. It is to all of us however to take up that challenge.

No patch too small; - let’s keep creating gardens whenever and wherever we can!

Last thought that comes to my mind, and certainly not the least one, is about Botanical Garden.

The very first documented one, Botanical Garden of Pisa, had been created by Luca Ghini under Cosimo Medici’s patronage, in 1544.

It introduced practice of documenting plant specimens by their occurrence, appearance and of course, individual characteristics and properties. It also made possible to see real plants from local and exotic places in one, easy to access location.

Since then, custom of studying one’s native plants, understanding their importance in our ecosystem and indeed, our own daily lives, has led us to better appreciation of floral beauty and diversity of our planet.

Nature preservation; -from herbariums, through propagation, to protection, flourished and spread from that very first botanical garden in Italy to other countries and continents around the world.

Find more about parks, gardens and wildflowers from our References, below.

Find out more about - parks, gardens and wildflowers:
Botanical gardens around the world, from Wikipedia, Botanical Garden of Pisa, from Wikipedia, National Parks around the world, from Wikipedia, National Parks in America, from National Parks Service, Wildflowers, from L. B. J. Wildflower Center/Texas University. If you happen to visit or live near by, -see Atlanta Botanical garden: http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/home.do, Locate Atlanta Botanical Garden on Google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?sourceid=navclient&rlz=1T4GGIC_enUS249US257&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=0,0,5301500036046990940&fb=1&split=1&dq=atlanta+botanic+garden&daddr=1345+Piedmont+Ave+NE,+Atlanta,+GA+30309&geocode=4122519537467095695,33.787760,-84.373817&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=directions-to

Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors:
, M. Risenhoover/Michael448, banlieusardises, blogger, bulabean, dive-angel (Karin), Doug Delaney
flickr, Google Maps, Jasmine&Roses, L. B. J. Wildflower Center/ Texas University, M. Risenhoover
National Parks Service, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., TMR Davies, W.D. Williams, Wikipedia

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