June 26, 2012
My attention was originally drawn to this photo by the way the cacti mimic the curves of the conservatory arches. Then I looked more closely at the architecture of this glasshouse and began wondering why it looked so exotic. Turns out the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden (website in German) in Stuttgart, Germany is a Moorish wonderland created for the Swabian King William I in the mid-19th century, and based on the Alhambra (we can sympathize). This particular building is the Maurisches Landhaus (I think I might start calling all conservatories landhauses … I like that!), which was designed in 1864 by Karl-Ludwig von Zanth and restored in 1972 and 2002 to repair damage sustained in WWII. It is now home to five biomes and a nocturnal animals house (sleeping animals!).  Wilhelma has just gone onto my list of must-see botanical gardens of the world! Which ones are on your list? ~AR
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by Daniela Bohl

My attention was originally drawn to this photo by the way the cacti mimic the curves of the conservatory arches. Then I looked more closely at the architecture of this glasshouse and began wondering why it looked so exotic. Turns out the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden (website in German) in Stuttgart, Germany is a Moorish wonderland created for the Swabian King William I in the mid-19th century, and based on the Alhambra (we can sympathize). This particular building is the Maurisches Landhaus (I think I might start calling all conservatories landhauses … I like that!), which was designed in 1864 by Karl-Ludwig von Zanth and restored in 1972 and 2002 to repair damage sustained in WWII. It is now home to five biomes and a nocturnal animals house (sleeping animals!).  Wilhelma has just gone onto my list of must-see botanical gardens of the world! Which ones are on your list? ~AR

awaytodayheretomorrow:

by Daniela Bohl

(via aloaeyya)

June 21, 2011
"The first thing you notice is the heat: the air is humid and a little heavy, like a Mediterranean summer. Next comes the soothing sound of water trickling in a fountain, then the smell - here, rich and earthy, there, sweetly perfumed by citrus blossoms and jasmine."

Abu Dhabi’s The National visit Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - “The Alhambra Goes on Tour”

June 20, 2011

The amazing Flamenco dancers that have made NYBG their weekend summer home are beginning to get fan letters! We love this! It’s also reason 232,498 you should come see Flamenco: Inside/Out during their residency as part of the landmark Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra exhibition.

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