Planted the 3rd square from the North end on the east side
of the garden
From the diary of Daniel Read-May 5,1796 (1)
The Toronto Botanical Gardens in Edwards garden-Wilket Creek park area of Central Don has a very interesting library. I spent some peaceful hours reading about the evolution of landscapes and gardens for historic buildings. This reminded me of the many lovely hours over the decades I have spent walking and reading in such parks, gardens in India, Libya, Malta.
Wilket Creek Park – Central Don Region-Toronto
The Lodhi gardens and Humayun tomb areas of Delhi have many interesting memories. Sitting on the tomb steps of Bada Gumbad-Sheesh Gumbad- (The Big Tomb, the Glass tomb) have kindled many discussions. The Lodhi gardens was inaugurated on April 9,1936, and was known as Lady Willingdon Park. It was earlier a village of Khairpur. The area has a bridge with eight arches -Athpula- which is one of the few structures of the period of the reign of Akbar. Four generations of our family have walked in this area .
In Libya, the eastern and western Libyan coastlines reflect their Greek and Roman pasts. The ancient city of Cyrene is modern day Shahat and has some lovely slopes which merge into the blue-green Mediterranean. Walking these paths makes one feel closer to persons like Simon of Cyrene who helped Jesus carry the cross. The Tobruk war cemeteries have beautiful gardens associated with them. The Commonwealth, German and French cemeteries are all unique in their own ways. The gardens associated with the Shara Mansoori cemetery of Tripoli-the Italian times cemetery and the Commonwealth war graves cemetery have led to many interesting links and associations with families who made Tripoli their home, 30,50 ,100 and even 150 years ago.
The Maltese coastlines have some beautiful gardens-and areas for walking. The Xlendi area of Gozo is particularly peaceful in the winters. An ancient ship wreck was discovered here a few decades ago. The Calypso cave overlooks the Ramla bay, where legend has it that Ulysses spent many years, on his way back from Troy. The oldest free standing structure known to man -The Gjantiga temples are another interesting spot in Gozo.
In next note, I recall some personal gardens in Pune, Banaras, Delhi regions.
1.In possession of New Haven Colony Historical Society ,New Haven, Connecticut
Sourced from Landscapes and Gardens for historic buildings
Rudy Favretti, Joy Putman Favretti, American Association for State and Local History
Other blogs of interest
1.Lodhi gardens-Delhi- Exploring the seeds of Time
2.Walks in Malta again
3.MINT TEA IN TRIPOLI