CULTURE

Stroll around and learn about capital’s National Gardens with Friends of Goulandris Museum

In their year devoted to the parks and gardens of Attica, the Friends of the Goulandris Museum of Natural History have included a trip to the National Gardens. Meet them on Sunday, October 14, at 9.30 a.m. at the Kifissia station of the ISAP electric railway for the trip to the Syntagma metro station. The idea is to get to know the National Gardens. The first of their type in the modern Greek state, they were established in 1840 by Queen Amalia as a garden for the palace that later became the home of the Greek Parliament. In 1923 the Royal Garden was renamed the National Gardens and was opened to the public. Much of the vegetation, like the 200-year-old Washingtonias at the entrance, has been imported, but there are also many Greek plants. The water for the garden comes from the aqueduct of Peisistratus, which has been in operation since antiquity. Architect Elisavet Bariani will talk about that and much more during the guided tour of the gardens, which will be followed by a meal at the Benaki Museum restaurant. (For bookings, call 210.808.3289 & 210.801.5870.)