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(June 20-25, 2006)

Simon Baker

Botanical Gardens - Nymphenburg

G. Donald Bain

Capistrano Roses

The Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley, California, USA

June 20, 2006, 1 pm

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In the Great Depression of the 1930's President Franklin Roosevelt put the nation to work on public projects great and small. Everywhere in the country we still enjoy the legacy of this far-sighted program - from huge projects such as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to small local parks. (See my colleague Gray Brechin's New Deal Project web site.)

The Berkeley Rose Garden, just north of the university campus, was built in 1933-37 by the WPA, after a design idea by Bernard Maybeck. It contains 3,000 rose bushes of about 250 varieties. Pruning is timed to produce the maximum of blooms for Mothers Day, but there are flowers here all year long. This variety is named Capistrano.
More of my VR's of this region:
Virtual Guidebook to the East Bay
Virtual Guidebook to San Francisco.

Over 5000 panoramas of western North America at Don Bain's Virtual Guidebooks.
Photographed with an Olympus E-500 camera with an Olympus 8mm fisheye lens, mounted on a Nodal Ninja pano head, Velbon tripod and Acratech ball head. Six shots were taken around level, plus a zenith and a nadir. Stitched with PTMac 4.1 from Kekus, post-processing with Adobe Photoshop CS, panorama movie creation with Cubic Converter from Click Here Design.

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