quarta-feira, 27 de julho de 2011

Conde de Ficalho: Fundador do Jardim Botânico

The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

«He travelled widely, lectured frequently, and was actively interested in prison reform, city park supervision, and other movements for the public good. He was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and, at the time of his death, was president of the American Social Science Association. He first attracted attention by the reflective sketches entitled My Summer in a Garden (1870; first published in The Hartford Courant), popular for their abounding and refined humour and mellow personal charm, their wholesome love of outdoor things, their suggestive comment on life and affairs, and their delicately finished style, qualities that suggest the work of Washington Irving.»

Este autor americano faz pensar no fundador do nosso Jardim Botânico, o Conde de Ficalho. Obrigado Conde de Ficalho! CONDE DE FICALHO: Botânico português, Francisco Manuel de Melo Breyner nasceu a 27 de Julho de 1837, em Serpa, e faleceu a 19 de Abril de 1903, em Lisboa.

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