Whenever people ask what I plan to do on a trip, I sheepishly respond, "Just wander around." I don't plan my trips. I don't have itineraries. I ask for a few recs and read a few sentences in a guide book before my ADD kicks in and then I usually enjoy just walking and discovering things on my own. The other day I was riding the bus to meet a new friend for lunch, and through the bus window, spotted a large conservatory in a beautiful park! I knew I had to go back. As it turns out, my mom had planned to take me, she heard these botanical gardens were gorgeous. Surprisingly, though, no one had mentioned a thing about the five old greenhouses on the property. Luckily, I didn't research before we went. We started to wander and after walking by the large conservatory I originally spotted, I happened upon another greenhouse around every bend! The motherload of greenhouses! It was thrilling!
When I got home from the greenhouse adventure, I read up on the botanical garden on Wikipedia and found out it was designed by the French landscape designer, Carlos Thays. As it turns out, he's reponsible for much of the city planning and design of the parks in Buenos Aires that give it that Parisian vibe.
Each greenhouse is built a few feet under ground and the plants are housed in large cement troughs.
Sadly, every greenhouse was locked (I checked every door). I would do just about anything to go inside!
Peeking into the big conservatory!
Here she is! This greenhouse was built in Paris in 1889 for an exposition and was later moved over to Buenos Aires in sections.
Another fun fact about this garden: There are lots and lots of cats! People actually drop off their cats here if they feel they can't take care of them any longer and volunteers care for them, feeding the cats and making sure they get proper veterinary care. So sweet!
More info on the botanical garden right here.
Snaps by me.