Gardens I want to Visit
by Jarad Johnson
Since it is fall, the gardening season is winding down. So, to distract himself, Jarad thought that he’d talk about other gardens he wants to go. Writers and gardening seem to go hand in hand, so many of his dream gardens are also the gardens of famous writers!
Babylonstoren- Located in Africa, dating back to 1692 and one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, this is a place with a garden of about 8 acres that supplies several restaurants and a winery. It has fruit and vegetables, a healing garden and a spice garden. Overall, it’s a very beautiful and peaceful place. It also has a hotel, and I’m afraid if I were to go, I’d be gone for a very long time.
Beatrix Potter’s Garden- When you read Potter’s books, you may inevitably begin to wonder what her actual garden was like. I certainly have for a long time. Potter herself was a fascinating individual, an accomplished naturalist and mycologist. At the time of her death, she left behind 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land. Her home, Hill Top, is still available for touring.
Virginia Woolf’s Garden- I’m not sure if Woolf’s garden is able to be viewed, but regardless I still wish I could see it as it was when she was alive. She was, apparently, an amateur gardener, and was often out helping her husband with the flower beds. They apparently loved color, planting all manner of bright and garish flowers. I remember specifically reading a passage where she notes the vivid color of the kniphofia (red hot poker). Plants and gardens pop up every now and then in her works, and she apparently drew heavy inspiration from her own garden.
The Orto Botanico di Padova- This is a botanical garden in Padua, Italy. Established in 1545 by the Venetian Republic, it is the oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location. It is dedicated to the cultivation of medicinal plants and was used for teaching by the University of Padua. Its design is a square within in a circle, divided into four parts by two paths positioned according to the cardinal points.
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea and coffee, and tries to spend every spare second reading. He recently developed an interest (some might say obsession) with gardening. Jarad is an English major with a concentration in literature. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!