new york, New York
November 20, 2000
As if on queue, couples sit kissing on benches or burying their noses in flowers as they stroll along. I was told by a friend that less pleasant inhabitants of the garden, the large spiders that build nets in the banana plants, are sometimes visible, but I didn't see any.
To appreciate the wonder and hardship early settlers in Brazil must have faced trying to subdue this robust jungle you have to make a trip here. But please, don't even THINK of carving your name into the bamboo--whole colonies can perish from a single careless bit of graffitti.
The garden is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
From journal Rio: Brazil's Cultural Paradise