I was on my usual late evening commute around the internet when I discovered this picture. It looked very much like someone had gone to the trouble of making a garden look like something you might see in the night sky instead. I am referring to a spiral galaxy, much like our own Milky Way Galaxy. In fact, upon further investigation, I discovered that this IS the Milky Way represented by plants.
The photograph above is none other than the Galaxy Garden. It was created by Jon Lomberg and is located in the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii. The garden is 100 feet across, and the level of detail contained there is phenomenal. Almost everything we know about our galaxy is represented through various types of plants within the garden (right down to a large black fountain and pool in the center to depict the black hole at the center of our galaxy). Even our own Sun is represented…although you might be pretty hard pressed to find it without some help (unless perhaps you are an expert astronomer), because everything is done to scale for distance.
This was truly a joy to find today, and I would urge you to visit the website for the Galaxy Garden to learn more about this very special place on Earth. Personally, I am adding this place to my reasons to visit Hawaii one day (as if I needed another one).
- Explaining, What is a Galaxy (brighthub.com)
- NASA shares new views of galaxies (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- How deep the Universe (blogs.discovermagazine.com)