Hey everyone! Welcome to one of my first posts. I want to begin my long blogging on botanical gardens with a bit of history. As we all know from school, the key to understanding the present is possessing a thorough knowledge of the past. And without that, we might just stroll through beautiful gardens without any idea of their former purpose and utility. Not to say their greatest attraction these days isn’t their aesthetic beauty, but they were once very much so useful for daily needs and so far as research.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, way back before electric lawn mowers that carry you instead of you carrying them, botanical gardens were an important possession and sign of aristocracy. This is certainly a classier version of their history. As kings and queens, or local lords and their subordinates strolled through after tea time or with some political engagement, taking perhaps their adversaries attention off the matter at and and captivating them with the beauty of the garden, the gardens themselves still served a purpose.
In Europe, they served as medicinal gardens, where the local doctor would procure the elements and properties he needed in his experiments and cures to very well save the people walking through them on a daily basis. Who knows what sickness lingered in those times. All means necessary would be
employed. That meant that gardens held a widely diverse amount of plants, making the gardens all the more attractive. From large trees to smaller plants dug deep into the ground, each was of paramount importance to the livelihood of the community.
Beyond what we might find in Europe, there is even an more lengthy history at hand. In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, or as far as China, botanical gardens served a similar purpose; grounds for research and medical understanding. However, this diverse selection of plants held economic importance as well, selling and trading these goods worldwide to gain capital. A great example is one of the wonders of the world, the hanging gardens of Babylon.