I love gardens. Maybe in my future life, I will try my hand at gardening. I am not sure what it is about botanical gardens that draw me to visit, but there is something about the beauty in variety and seeing new growth.
The Ajuda Botanical Garden is the oldest garden in Lisbon. Around 10 years after the huge earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1755, the king commissioned a naturalist to construct a garden near the royal residence. He wanted to create a garden for his grandchildren, where they could play and learn about horticulture. Over the years, they were able to collect around 5,000 different plant seeds from all over the world.
On Sunday (Aug 25th) we started off our visit observing (smelling, touching, looking) the herb plants from all over the world. Although not all of the labels were in English, the map included allowed us to see at least where the plant originated. Many times we could deduce the name of the herb, but other times we had fun guessing.
In the main portion of the gardens there again were plants from all over the world. We were able to see some varieties of plants that were completely new to us. We thought about Pop-pop during our visit because of his love for horticulture and his expertise with growing plants of his own.
|These rose petal look-a-liks were similar to succulent leaves...almost cacti without any spikes. |
It was really neat!
|Me in an Amelie-and-Liam sandwich under a 400 year old Dragon Tree.|
|Liam has been very affectionate to all 3 members of his family. |
He will randomly come up and hug or kiss and say, "Luv you," breath, "too."
|Fountain of the 40 Spouts|
|Our walk through this area outside of Belem (Ajuda) was beautiful with steep slopes, color houses, and views of the Tagus River.|
|Clock Tower or Rooster Tower near Ajuda Palace which is now in the middle of a parking lot.|
|When you are hot and tired of walking, what is the cure? ICE-CREAM! :)|
|Not exactly sure what this building is, but it was really neat and we happened upon it on our walk towards the train.|