August 30, 1911. Went with Mr. Sanford the banker, Mr. Ross, and other friends of his. In the afternoon rode to the end of the car line to a City Park full of magnificent trees growing naturally, the ground simply cleared of underbrush in long roads and trails. This is one of the most interesting city parks I ever saw. Along the walks at intervals were seats where views of the finest trees were to be seen. All the walks were bordered with ferns and lycodopium, making fine borders. Dined with Mr. Ross and Mr. Southgate, the agent for the Booth line of steamers. Returned aboard the Dennis about 9:00 P.M. Went to the Consul with letters in the morning with Dr. Housepian, the ship’s surgeon, and got money changed. Also in the forenoon, before going out to the Park, had an interesting time in the Botanical Gardens. Got names of wonderful ferns and palms, ceibas, etc. see opposite pg Pandanus veichii. Stems prickly. Leaves eight feet long and four inches wide, serrated. Hevea Brasiliensis, Ceiba Pentandara Euphoribiaceae. Parkia Pendula, an umbrella like leguminous tree. Ochroma lagopus, one of the malva family, called cotton tree. Another Hura Crepitans, one of the Apocciniaceae, Guadua Superba, fine bamboo.
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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