Botanic gardens: photo

This is a photograph of one of the Richard Turner designed glasshouses in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. The gardens are a wonderful resource, and are well appreciated by the many visitors – including this rather cute group of a mother with four daughters.

Glasshouse in Dublin's National Botanic Gardens

It is my plea that amenities like the Botanic Gardens are protected during the current difficult times economically. They are a haven from the city and are enjoyed by  individuals and families who come for a walk with just a little bit of something different thrown in. But they are also a place of learning, scholarship and experiment. Right now the National Botanic Gardens are in very good shape and beautifully managed. May it stay that way.

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7 Comments on “Botanic gardens: photo”

  1. Tracy Zhang Says:

    great HDR work. I didn’t get to visit the gardens when I was in Dublin, but I really enjoyed the many parks in the city.

  2. John Says:

    Great article. The Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful places of Dublin, it would be a shame to leave this haven of peace uncared for.

  3. Vincent Says:

    I think you need to be higher. Sorta level with the curve on the roof to catch the essential wispyness of the thing. Mind you I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brilliant shot of one of those glasshouses. They make them too solid as if in stone and taken as one would the Hephaisteion forgetting that they are temples to light.

  4. anna notaro Says:

    Indeed botanic gardens need to be preserved for the pleasure they give us and what they tell us about ourselves, their design in fact reflects such a diverse range of influences including politics, religion, philosophy, economy, the arts and the relationship between man and nature.
    Such a contrast in this pic between the clouded dark sky, black & white exterior and the magnificent colors of the plants and flowers, one guesses, are ‘inside’ the glass house….as always the gaze needs to go deeper…

  5. Mary B Says:

    I agree with Anna’s comment – this thread is a good example, I think, of the need to avoid a ‘brutalist’ approach to financial constraints. It could be argued that in the good old real world we should only pay for the necessaries of life, i.e. those whose benefits can be measured in financial terms. And you can’t ‘measure’ the benefits of botanic gardens on people’s souls (especially if you don’t believe they have souls!) I discovered a huge and potentially stunning park the other day in this city (which doesn’t really have major financial problems) and it was sad that there was so much litter and vandalism: specifically a memorial tree planted for someone had been clearly vandalised and destroyed. Part of the problem is that local authorities claim not to have the resources to look after such amenities properly, but there’s also the question of why people want to disfigure and destroy such places. Is it that they believe they have no other way of drawing attention to themselves than damaging things? Sorry to get so serious, but ever since I went there I’ve been wondering why people would destroy a tree planted in someone’s memory. Is it that they see beauty/emotion etc as a threat?

    • anna notaro Says:

      yes, why people would destroy, vandalize gardens…the status of our gardens tells a lot about the staus of our civilization, especially if one considers that the history of gardens/parks originates in historical periods considered much less civilized than our own. For those interested there is a beautiful programme currently on the BBC which looks at this
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01061xg


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