Palermo - Botanical Gardens, Buenos Aires
The Botanical Gardens in Buenos Aires is one of my favorite park settings I’ve found anywhere. I had such a good time here with Mike and Iwona on the last day of my first visit in 2005. We came here after an adventuresome cab ride. We three of limited Spanish finally got in a cab that wanted to be our tour guide. Finally I made the decision to just get out here. I mean, this is Buenos Aires, we can always find another cab. This left us at the Botanical Gardens. We went in and did a small tour. But the best part was sitting and while I filled out a couple post cards they both had books to read.
The day after our San Telmo and Recoleta adventures, we set off again (by Subway this time) for the parklands of the Palermo district. We were not long in reaching our first intended destination, the Jardin Botanico Carlos Thays. This amazing place was designed in 1898 by Carlos Thays, the same French architect who fixed up Plaza de Mayo in front of the Casa Posada. However, in recent years the Botanical Gardens had been abandoned and left to it's fate. That all changed in 2004 when a local group began an effort to rehabilitate the site.
The single large building in the Gardens is an Art Noveau style brick structure which used to hold gardening lessons, a library, a museum and an adjoining greenhouse. However, we could not get a close look at this Historical Monument because of a large wooden fence around the entire structure as it too underwent repairs.
The Botanical Gardens, which were named after Carlos Thays on his death in August, 1937, cover 15 acres (or about 7 hectares) of lush ground in Buenos Aires, not too far from the Rio de la Plata. The entire site is enclosed by a high wrought-iron fence and there was no entrance fee, no doubt due to the on-going rehabilitation effort.
In addition to it's 7000 species of plants from all over the world, the gardens are dotted with statues (mostly of nudes) and fountains. Probably because it had been abandoned for a period, the grounds were also overrun with feral cats - they were everywhere and seemed quite contented on the whole!
I really like trees, so I was happy just to wander around randomly enjoying the oriental Ginkgos and especially the acacia, eucalyptus and casuarina trees which brought back great memories of some of the strange places we have lived in this world! They also had palms, figs, oaks and even huge sequoia trees but the one that really stuck in my mind was a huge Araucaria Bidwillii (Australiana), also known as a Monkey Puzzle tree, whose massive trunk was covered with needle sharp thorns!
The botanical garden was designed by Carlos Thay in 1902. The gardens were divided into areas representing flora and fauna nationally and internationally. The glasshouse was exhibited in the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. There is a bronze bust commonerating Thays for the work he has done.
It's a perfect place to relax and take stock bearing in mind that some parts of the garden is overgrown and the high number of cats who roam. There are so many cats and I thought, at some point, that I was in a cats sanctuary! The part has some interesting features such as the water lilies pond and the Italienete section where there are marble sculptures dotted about including Odina de Plata, a demure river-nymph from a Rio de la Plata's legend. They're free to go in and look around.
Palermo is a nice place to escape from the crowds and the busy streets of Buenos Aires, as you will find plenty of green space in the many beautiful gardens in this district.
The Botanical Gardens are a short walk from the Plaza Italia metro station and are free to visit. There´s plenty of gardens and plants to see, as well as some interesting sculptures, and hundreds of cats - for some reason this garden is very popular with cats and you will see them everywhere.
The Jardin Botanico was a really nice treat on a day that was quite hot. We decided to explore this part of Buenos Aires and started with a stroll along the gardens.
The Jardin Botanico is free and requires a little less than an hour to see the entire grounds. It is a nice place to sit and just take in your wonderful sorroundings.
We wandered into the gardens and after we had just passed the koi pond with a nice statue in the middle with happen to see Adalina, the lady we had met at Cemeterio de la Recoleta the day before.
We stopped and chatted with her for a short while and continued exploring the gardens which was a really nice.
Check my travelogue in bothanical garden you can find more pic's!!!
Was designed by the french architect and landscape painter Carlos Thays in 1898. It has been declared Historical Monument.
They are more than seven hectares of green in the middle of the city, with approximately seven thousand perfectly mainteined and taken care botanical species.
Diseñado por el arquitecto y paisajista francés Carlos Thays en 1898. Ha sido declarado Monumento Histórico.
Son más de siete hectáreas de verde en plena ciudad, con unas siete mil especies botánicas perfectamente mantenidas y cuidadas.
En los diferentes sectores que componen a dicho jardín se nuclea la flora más variada perteneciente a los distintos continentes del planeta. Del Asia: se aprecian ejemplares como ginkgo biloba; de Oceanía: acacias, eucaliptus y casuarinas; de Europa: robles, avellanas y olmos; y del África: helechos, palmeras, datileros y gomeros. Además, de Estados Unidos provienen las sequoias que se aprecian por el jardín, y de Argentina la tipa abunda como especie arbórea autóctona.
Cuenta con bellas esculturas que vale la pena conocer como las estatuas de mármol que simbolizan movimientos de la VI sinfonía de Beethoven denominada "La Pastoral", y el grupo escultórico "El Despertar de la Naturaleza". Posee además un invernáculo, una biblioteca, el Museo Botánico, y la Escuela Municipal de Jardinería, además de plácidos y serenos senderos para caminar y contemplar la variada vegetación.
Se recomienda visitar dentro del Jardín Botánico el "Invernadero Mayor": para conservar especies que requieren protección de la intemperie cuya construcción data de 1899 y fue adquirida a Francia con un estilo art nouveau único en el mundo; "Jardín Francés": donde se encuentran fresnos, lilas, jazmines, medreselvas y robles entre variadas especies con un trazado simétrico perteneciente al época del reinado de Luis XIV (1643-1715) en Francia.
Jardin botanico Diseñado por el arquitecto Paisajista Carlos Thays, se inician en 1892 las labores de trazado del Jardín Botánico de aclimatación que culminan el 7 de septiembre de 1898 con su inauguración. Actualmente ocupa una superficie de 79.772 metros cuadrados y alberga una 5500 especies arbustivas, arbóreas y herbáceas distribuidas por lugar, origen, familia y utilización; jardines de estilo, cinco invernaderos. A la muerte de Carlos Thays en 1937, el Jardín tomó su nombre.
The Botanical Garden was designed by the architect Paisajista Carlos Thays. They started work on the Gardens in 1892 and finished on 7 September 1898 with its grand opening. It now occupies a space of some 79.772 square meters and houses about 5500 species of trees and other ntlifebroken down by place, origin, family, and use; there are 5 greenhouses. On Carlos Thays' death in 1937, they named the gardens he designed after him.
The Botanical Garden is located in the neighborhood ("barrio" in Spanish) of Palermo. Palermo is the section of town where all of the parks are located. These parks are called the "Palermo woods" (Bosque de Palermo). One of the parks is the Botanical Garden. Though it is not a must see, it is a nice place through which to walk when you come to this neighborhood and you can continue on through the other parts of the parks area--the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Lake.
Though it is called the Botanical Garden, the plants are not labelled and it is not to be compared with other botanical gardens around the world, like that in Rio de Janeiro, for example. What you will see are many many CATS. People who often do not want their cat or cannot take care of their cat bring it to the garden. There are literally hundreds of cats--sunning themselves, bathing, playing, whatever. Many local people come to the garden with food and tuna and treats for the cats, so they are well taken care of by the people.
To get here to the botanical garden, it is easiest to take the GREEN line of the subway to the subway stop SCALABRINI ORTIZ. The garden is only a five minute walk at the most from the subway stop.
It is safe in the day time, but closed after 6 PM.
The main streets of BA may be over run by dogs, but the botanic gardens are the domain of the cats. The gardens themselves are quite pleasent to wander through or sit in the shade on a hot day, however 10 or 20 cats following you around can be a bit disturbing. If you like cats this is the place for you - but you wont catch me touching them, you dont know what you might catch.
the Botanic Garden is located in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The garden is triangular in shape, and is bounded by Sante Fé Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street. Palermo Park, the Buenos Aires Zoo and the Japanese Garden are all nearby.
The garden has been declared a national monument,
Designed by French-born Argentine architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays, the garden was inaugurated on September 7, 1898. Thays and his family lived in an English style mansion, located within the gardens, between 1892 and 1898, when he served as director of parks and walks in the city. The mansion, built in 1881, is currently the main building of the complex.
Other attractions include the five winter-houses, the biggest of which is in Art Nouveau style and received recognition in the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889. It has a length of 35 meters, a width of 8, contains 2500 tropical plants and is considered to be the only winter-house in that style still conserved in the world.
There is also a monument entitled Indicador Meteorológico (Weather Indicator), designed by José Markovich, and presented by the Austro-Hungarian Empire community for the Exposición Internacional del Centenario (1910).
The Botanic Library has 1,000 books and 10,000 publications from all parts of the world, which are freely available to visitors. The park also contains a Botanical Museum.
The garden is features three different landscape styles mixed, symmetric, and picturesque within three distinct gardens: the Roman, French and Oriental gardens
They each feature styles that are appropriate to that type of garden as well as plants and trees from that area
There are several monuments and other structures that are worth a gander while strolling the grounds
There is a Municipal Gardening School linked to the University of Buenos Aires’ Faculty of Agronomy. There is also a well-stocked Botanic Library and a Botanical Museum.
Daily open 8am-6pm
We walked from Recoleta on a hot steamy afternoon along the Avienda Del Liberator and into Palermo. On entering the Botanical Gardens we came across dog walkers, locals playing cards,chess and boules and hundreds of feral cats. We went further in to the gardens and we were delighted by the statues, ponds, birds and plants.