and plant factory, employing in the busy season 500 hands, growing every fruit and ornamental tree, shrub and flower possible in this clime, or in hot-houses originating many new ones, adding new discoveries from all the world, testing values, etc., of each. Had fine refreshments as usual at such places. June 27th. Went through many parks in carriage with Mr. Bolle and the Director of all the Berlin parks as guides. One very large on bank of the River Spree is truly fine wild-like and magnificent, the finest, most spacious, unfrittered lawns we have yet seen in Europe. Vast numbers use and enjoy these parks, women with children outnumber the men. Elms, horsechestnut and poplars, the principal trees with walnut, ash, hickory, tulip, magnolia, Taxodium, beech, birch, maple - many of last very large and fine, many fine oaks, also some near 100 feet high. The largest trees about 3 or 4 feet diameter and 100 high. In P.M. Took train for new botanic gardens 12 or 15 miles out. Commenced 3 years ago. Many fine buildings being put up. Piles of boulders a few feet in height represent principal mountain ranges, with representative plants, a babyish affair. Saw old garden also, now going to the dogs, has many grand trees which should be saved. June 28th. Went with Mr. Bolles by rail and steamer to Potsdam and Sans Souci, a grand city.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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