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Interesting Stories from People I Met in a Botanical Garden in San Antonio

We all want to live a long life with strong, or at the very least fully functioning, bodies.  This is why I always look to nature when I study about longevity, and botanical gardens tend to have a collection of most of the local flora along with some shipped in from other exotic places. When it comes to achieving a long life, in some legends immortality, it’s always a story about an ancient medicinal plant, or the sap of an ancient tree, its fruit, or tea brewed from its leaves and/or flowers. Don’t get me wrong I’m not just some nut-job who thinks that drinking a concoction made from a few plants would make me live forever, I am actually a botanist who is very much interested in the medical application of plants, and it’s wellness effect in its daily usage. But it was at a botanical garden in San Antonio did I first start to truly believe that there could be more when it comes to alternative medicine, and the lesson did not come from plants.


In the Botanical Garden

the-san-antonio-botanical-gardensI had been given permission to gather a few leaf and flower samples from specifically designated plants, with the vast number of species that I wanted to gain data on I worked tirelessly throughout the day. I don’t know why, maybe I am just getting old, but after doing a few things that I have always been doing I turned and felt a pain in my back, one I had not ever felt before. It was the sort of pain that you didn’t want to move, it pretty much ruined my day. Rather, it would have, had I not met a group of people who were doing some sort of exercise inside the garden.

One of them was a chiropractor and pretty much saved my day. At a stone bench he fixed my back, but told me that it would be best for me to go to a clinic he knows, a friend’s wellness-chiropractic in Texas, and told me that I could also help me improve my health.


Interesting Things I’ve Learned

I had always been skeptical about physical therapies that promote wellness, most of them talking about chakras and such, but the way the chiropractor and his friends talked about it made pretty good sense. We had opened up the topic of wellness as I told them what I was doing in the gardens in the first place, and they started sharing about the effects of chiropractic therapy for wellness. At first I was skeptical but as I listened to the concept of it, my interest grew.

The concept was that our spine houses the main highway of our nervous system, which is connected with every organ system, connecting them to the brain, when this highway is misaligned and is “congested” the signal from the brain to the organ systems tends to be more interrupted, thus reducing the efficiency of their function. I understood the concept and am now open to seeing its effects first hand.

I had to leave San Antonio a few days after that as I needed to get back home to LA, luckily enough there seems to also be a wellness chiropractor in town. I will soon report on the effects of the treatment on my wellness, I had decided to give it a chance since chiropractic treatment did turn what was supposed to be a bad day into a good one.

Why Creating a Community Botanic Garden is a Worthwhile Endeavor

botanical-plantingIt has been a persona dream of mine to share the wonders of different plant life to young minds. Though we have been active with community gardens, most of the time these were directed as either a small neighborhood farm or a simple flower garden, both important to learn and important to the community and ecosystem. Though this is somewhat lacking, currently we limit ourselves to ornamental plants or crops, which truth be told are pretty fun to grow as you can eat them come harvest time, the crops not the flowers I mean.  As we live in a world where people are allowed access to enormous amount of information at the comfort of their home, I found that less people actually explore and experience the outside world. Making a community botanic garden will allow many to learn about the wonders of plants that can only be found in specific habitats, it may even be able to encourage exploration.

I first went to a botanic garden near the outskirts of my city, the very wonder of the vast number of different plant life in one place, and their beauty was what brought me to my love of botany and horticulture. Had I went on that family trip, I might be doing something totally different from what I am now. The experiences in our lives are what open our minds and hearts to new dreams and goals, or at the very least hobbies. If there is no local botanical garden in your own city, it is the duty of its citizen to create one, the same goes for museums and concert halls… we must cultivate the minds of the young generation by creating the environment for learning.

While books, videos, and the internet allows the young people to pursue things on their own it is often only after experiencing something somewhat life changing  do they do so. These are tools, made to emulate and share the experience of others, and though helpful they are nothing like true experience. Try to recall what made you love what you do now, or how your favorite hobby started. More often than not it is because of a positive experience, or at least one that stands out. Experience is necessary to develop the personality of the young, and sometimes you have to create venues for these experiences to happen.

The process of creating a botanical garden need not to be a complicated one, but I cannot promise that it is an easy one, if a community bands together and ask for help from the appropriate organizations it is more than possible to create one. My love for botany lead me to share my ideas and dreams, and it was one of the most essential reasons for the success of my previous endeavors, community was another.

We often worry about what our youth is being lead to, a way to keep them in a straight path in life is by giving them the environment to grow and experience wonderful things which will give them goals and dreams to follow. The creation of museums, concert halls, botanic gardens, and other places that some might even think as useless extra-curricular activities are worthwhile eneavors.


The Best Botanical Gardens in the World (Not in any Particular Order)

So you are thinking of traveling around the world, if you are then you should visit all the places that can show you the most of what the country you are visiting offers. For plant life of the region, the best place to see all of them are botanical gardens. There should be at least one of them in most countries you visit, but if you would like to know which ones are known to be the best, then you came to the right article, her are a few of the best botanical gardens in the world.

1.) Brooklyn Botanical Garden 

If you are looking for a botanical garden close to the city with the best best Chinese Food in the world, then Brooklyn botanical garden is for you. Founded in 1910, the place has a few good exhibits including three pavilions, each with different climates for different plant species.

2.) Singapore Botanical Garden 

A bit farther away from home, this beautiful 183 acre park, is said to be the best in the world by many, with it twenty thousand different orchids, countless plant exhibits, and even wild animal life, they might be right.

3.)  Jardim Botânico 

At South America we find a beautiful botanical garden, at the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. With its wonderful Six thousand five hundred species of plants in the park, which lies at the foot of the mountain, it’s just more than a garden, it is truly nature.

4.) Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum 

Leave it to the Germans to make something so well executed. The wonderful garden was founded the same year as the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (1910), The garden boasts a whopping Twenty-two thousand species of plant life, and aside from a botanical garden it is also a botanical museum, giving us more info on the history and evolution of the plants.

5.) Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 

We’ve been to Asia, North and South America, it’s about time for little visit to South Africa. This beautiful national botanical garden only cultivates indigenous plants. So if you want to see plants that can only be found in South Africa, you don’t need to explore the whole continent, just go to the park at the foot of Table Mountain at Cape Town, better known as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a wonderful wondrous place.

Well, let’s stop there for now… Why you ask? Well, if you are really making plans to go around the world then this list will allow you to visit most of the continents of the world, which is pretty much enough for one trip around the world. Don’t let your mind overload and make yourself rush and not truly feel and experience the beauty of these gardens. If you are in too much of hurry to see everything you will end up seeing nothing. The old phrase “stop to smell the flowers” can apply here, and quite literally too.

An Interesting Trip to Singapore and their Lovely Botanic Garden

flower-arcs-singapore-botanicalA while back I went to Singapore as one of the just because trips, just kidding I was there on business, but since I was there anyway I decided to enjoy myself. The whole trip was quite a fun one, the food was interesting, aside from the free hotel food paid for by the business expense budget, I also had tried the local, let’s say street food, and a lot of them were delicious and most of them was… well unique. I had a lot of fun at the sea aquarium which I do have to talk about, but what I would like to talk about now is the beautiful “Singapore Botanic Gardens”.

The entrance had quite a grand gate with “Singapore Botanic Gardens” on it, you can’t miss it! The place is apparently a UNESCO world heritage site, which is cool and the reason why is quite obvious. It was an amazing experience, it was so amazing that I will definitely go again if I am ever in the country. The place is also easy to go around and finding the places you wanted to go to was easy because of the maps and multilingual signs. I got to a place I think it was called Swan Lake, and from the name you know you would find swans there, a pleasant surprise though was the turtles, I saw people feed something in the water, I thought it was koi or something but when I got closer it was an amazing group of turtles(or whatever you call a bunch of them), quite adorable for reptiles.

I later reached and area (side note I am more of an explorer so I often just go singapore-botanical-garden-gatearound not really knowing where I am) which had a large area where a few people were dancing, and exercise group maybe, and it was quite wonderful how the place was utilized that way. In my city’s botanical garden, you might be able to do that (not really sure), but people don’t.

After a few minutes of walking around, admiring all the beautiful plants, I reached an area with a waterfall (the first of many I encountered), you could go through some sort of passage where you can see the outside from in the waterfall. I had wished that I had my camera, but I only went to the botanical garden to kill time while I wait for an associates call, my phones cam kind of sucks.

A few minutes more of walking I found this small group of people headed to the “Cool House”, which I think (I might be wrong here, but I am fairly certain) was the rain forest habitat, there was a loud waterfall and things were quite moist in the area. I saw some orchids which one of the people in the crowd called a waling-waling, though I am not certain if that is correct.

As I exit the enclosure, happy with my experience, I had decided to go through the whole park and actually read up everything, actually learn stuff! Besides, since I still didn’t get the call the meeting was probably pushed to- And then my phone rang… I had planned to go back to the botanical garden but unfortunately things just got busy after that day. If you are ever in Singapore, don’t make the same mistake as me, explore the garden and enjoy your time there.