The Palm Home is house to a collection of agricultural crops often cultivated in humid tropical areas (bananas, pineapple, sugar cane, espresso). The garden has examples of a buttercup that grows wild only on Svalbard and is one of the rarest crops in Europe. Of their childhood, botanical gardens had been gardens for physicians and botanists, but then they progressively turned more related to decorative horticulture and the needs of the general public. The botanical gardens of Southern Europe have been related to university schools of medication and have been founded in Northern Italy at Orto botanico di Pisa (1544), Orto botanico di Padova (1545), Orto Botanico di Firenze (1545), Orto Botanico dell’Università di Pavia (1558) and Orto Botanico dell’Università di Bologna (1568).
The scientific repute of a botanical garden is now judged by the publications popping out of herbaria and similar services, not by its living collections. The Botanical … Read the rest