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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 10 Jul 2013, 12:44

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Phillip Franz von Siebold was German, I thought. He's more famous for his magnolia - and there aren't too many Germans one can say that about!

Well then there are at least two Germans famous for their magnolias .... Sprenger's magnolia, Magnolia sprengeri,  is named after the German botanist Carl Ludwig Sprenger.
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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 05 Apr 2017, 14:16

Founded in 1859 by Sheffield born businessman, Henry Shaw, the Missouri Botanical Garden, in St Louis, was established on what was then open prairie:




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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 26 Apr 2017, 13:02

First I've heard of this one:

Jencks' Garden

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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 16 Aug 2017, 15:52

With all the hullabaloo about statues in Virginia at the moment, here is what the Hungarians did with their "no longer required" monuments:

Memento Park

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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Thu 17 Aug 2017, 14:49

Whilst in Budapest in June, I was impressed by the way local guides spoke of their time of communist rule - especially the youg ones born into it. They all mentioned the statue park and said it was a healthy reminder of bad times.It is a very grown up sort of attitude to have kept them thus, I think. In like wise style, murdered revolutionaries and Jews are honoured in displays in gardens about the city.
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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Thu 17 Aug 2017, 15:06

This is one of them, Priscilla. The Holocaust Memorial Tree:

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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Thu 17 Aug 2017, 23:42

And what a beautiful, extraordinarily elegant, eloquent statement it is, too - each leaf a life taken, I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 18 Oct 2017, 10:11

Built by eccentric Latvian immigrant, Edward Leedskalnin, between 1928 and his death in 1951, Coral Castle ( aka Rock Gate ) has been the subject of speculation in the method of construction, from alien technology to anti- gravitation devices.

The reality, hard graft and block and tackle, is much less fun.

Coral (actually mostly limestone) Castle is still a major tourist attraction in Florida:

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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Wed 18 Oct 2017, 13:12

Less well known than Versailles, the Chateau de Chantilly house the largest art collection in France after the Louvre:

Chantilly

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PostSubject: Re: Parks and Gardens   Thu 26 Oct 2017, 14:53

Bargh-e-Babur, the Gardens of Babur in Kabul, have survived despite almost 40 years of continual conflict;

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Babur laying out the Gardens in the 16th Century:



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