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Füvészkert, the green heart of Budapest
The so called “Füvészkert” in Budapest is the oldest botanical garden of Hungary, which was established in 1770-71. On the basis of the self-sacrificing work of Jakab Winterl - the founder of the garden - and his follower, later successor, Kálmán Kitaibel the collection found in “Füvészkert” has gained world-wide fame. Until it was placed to its final home in the heart of Józsefváros, the botanical garden had experienced many removals and trials.
In 1784 the garden belonged to the medical faculty of the that time Budapest, at the same time another place, the garden of the Franciscan cloister of the city was utilized as botanical garden too. After the visit of Joseph II.Austrian Emperor in 1788, the Chamber gave more significant money supply and this way the long awaited glass-house and marble pool of water-plants could be built.
In 1808 the collection of the two gardens was unified, and with an area of 1.17 acres was finished by 1815, still in another place. Unfortunately owing to the great flood in 1838 and carelessness, the condition of the garden worsened a lot. For the advice of Palatine Joseph the 10.1 acre estate of Antal Festetich was purchased for the garden in 1847. The former hunting-seat, which can be found here, was built according to the plans of Mihály Pollack 200 years ago; today it is the central building of the garden.
Today the botanical garden includes up to 7000 plant species and variations on a 3-acre-area. The cactii, bromelia, and orchid collection is especially rich, just as the collection of palms and the different tropical arum lily sorts. The different types of shrubs, stemming from the subtropical regions of Australia, provide a special spectacle with their blossoming in winter. Built particularly for this purpose at the and of the previous century, the Victoria House is a special glass building housing the Amazonas water lily. The collection of insectivorous plant, which lead a unique way of life, can also be found here. The historic palm house, built in the previous century, re-built in 1966, and the new glass house finished in are home to the tropical and subtropical plants. The arboretum of the garden - putting up to 800 tree and shrub types on display in spite of the small area - is of special value. The oldest trees of the garden are the Chinese gingko, which has lived up to 150 years. The collection which is rich in evergreen plants, pines, is worth visiting even in the winter season. Some of the rock-gardens provides a sample of the plants of mountains: we can get a closer look on the flowers of the Alps, the Carpathians, the Balkans, and Central-Asia. The Hungarian flora is represented by more than 400 species, classified according to geographical regions and types of habitats.
“There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta…”
Sometimes I feel like I get in trouble because all I want is to get caught up and live in the romantic, beautiful world like the one ODLR has built these floral walls around. Every woman looks like a modern day Hepburn gliding down the runway and it’s all I can do to stay focused on taking the picture rather than getting lost in the garden party of dreams. High above Bryant Park to sound of classical music, we were all lovely ladies for Oscar’s moment in time…