Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Los jardines botanicos

Today I used my teacher ID to get free access to the Royal Botanical Gardens. They are next to the Prado Museum and the Parque del Buen Retiro. The gardens were created by King Charles III in 1781 as a way to study and showcase thousands of different plants and flowers.  The sign in the entrance of the gardens made it clear that this wasn't a traditional park in which to run around and go nuts - the botanical gardens are more about learning about the different types of plants and flowers that have been brought into the botanical gardens over the past hundreds of years.  Throughout the garden are little plaques that state the Latin name and the Spanish name of each plant and flower.  There was also a photo exhibit with photos from the post-Spanish Civil War era. 

Okay, now for an overload of photos of flowers!! Enjoy :)

King Charles III

Home of the photo exhibit

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