The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Caraccas Botanic Garden Venezuela

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925. The botanic garden of the Caraccas was established in 1828, by Mr. Fanning, for the collection of native plants, with a view to their transmission to Europe in exchange for others which may be deemed suitable for the southern hemisphere. The garden is small, but it is neatly laid out in squares ; the walks are well proportioned, and some of them are beautifully shaded with the banana; the towering stems and expanding leaves of which, with their rich and delicious fruit, have an appearance more splendid than can be imagined by any one who has never been out of Europe.