A queen’s garden
Athens, Greece | environment, family, virtual art | short
A route that unwraps the story of the National Garden through the life of Amalia, the first queen of Greece! Discover the queen that adored palm trees, and explore the role of camellias, lettuces, a refrigerator, chattering parakeets, a city without chocolate, an unusual throne, and much more.
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A ROYAL PALM FOREST
Palm tree Queen?
It is said that Queen Amalia wished to remain known in history as the “Queen of Palm Trees” rather than the “Queen of the Athenians.” She seems to have been fonder of palm trees than the residents of Athens. Her passion for those trees could only compare to her love for King Otto. She actually demanded that a gigantic palm tree should be planted outside Otto’s window. Why? Because she wanted to be able to look simultaneously at her beloved husband and her favorite palm tree as soon as she woke up.
IN THE ARBOUR'S SHADE
Fool me once…fool me twice…
The rare flowers and the exotic plants were so impressive that some Athenians stole them and replanted them in their own yards. This obviously infuriated Amalia who ordered that a tall fence be erected around the Garden.
ANIMALS IN CAGES AND FREE
What would you like for a pet?
Most people prefer a dog, a cat, or a fish as a pet. Amalia was different. An ostrich and an antelope are said to have roamed freely in her favorite Garden.