Text: Florencia Serrot
Photography: Detlef Schneider
I must say I have this immense love with botanical gardens. It is a thing that comes from my teens, living in Madrid, which is a big city and in summer gets pretty warm, and still you want to have a different kind of fresh atmosphere than the one that the pools give you. And you crave a spot with this calm that doesn´t let the sound of horns and high traffic interrupt the excellent lecture of a novel or essay while you completely imagine every word in your head. So, what´s the solution? Go to the closest Botanical Garden you may find around.
and you just leave you bike parked and get in the water. Or myself, in summer, I take a break from our studio and go and take a swim at the Englischer Garten where the surfers can surf the wave at the Eisbach that comes with water straight from the Alps. Coming from Madrid, all these facts didn’t make me miss the Botanical Garden as much as in other places I’ve lived. So it took me a while to get there, but once there I was super excited.
They have an incredible floral collection, separated by continents, with warm, tropical and dessert pavillions. Yes, they also have the orchidean, the cactus, and all those marvellous pine trees that can grow in climates like this one from climates more like Canada and so on. And much Japanese and Asian flora. Which kind of remind me is always a bit like a fairy tale prop with those languid shaped branches and super-crafted leaves and beautiful tones.
Oh! and there is this other part that also was wonderful which is for the lovers of hiking. There is like a little mountain that you can go up with a nice walk as if you were wandering, and find all the flora that you will be able to find in the Alps, but as well in mountains in Canada or the Teide, at the Canary Island for example .
It's still faster than you could draw it