Explore Azorean Island of Pico & Connect to Its Landscape & People
Best Cultural Destination's "Cultural Connections" video series shares imagery, impressions & interviews that offer a glimpse of a particular cultural landscape. Pico is part of the Azorean archipelago of ancient volcanic islands, located in the Atlantic ocean, roughly halfway between Europe and North America. On Pico, you feel the rich, fertile, potent power of the black earth. But the awe-inspiring forces that made all that black lava rock are unpredictable, and so on Pico, most people seek a connection with a comforting, protective divinity...and with each other. That connection is evidenced in the Bom Jesus festival, held in the village of Sao Mateaus each August 6, and at the Santo Amaro Craft School, founded by twin sisters Alzira and Conceição Neves in 1986.
In this podcast interview, meet George Patterson, Founder & Director of Tofino Botanical Gardens on the west coast of Vancouver Island, part of Canada's province of British Columbia. George founded Tofino Botanical Gardens in 1997 and its twelve acres of gardens, old growth forest, and shoreline explore the relationship between culture and nature. I know you’ll find enjoyable and inspiring George’s take on the relationship between culture, nature and science; the ‘War in the Woods’ that occurred in the Tofino area in the 1990s between the logging industry and activists; themes of moderation and believing in your vision; and the role of a garden as place to set the heart free.
Discover the beautiful Thomas Jefferson Garden and Monticello home, where he enjoyed a scenic and peaceful retreat on his estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. The stately plantation features an extensive vegetable garden carved into the hillside extending out from the house. In this article Peggy Cornett, curator of plants at Monticello tells us all about the rich history of Jefferson’s garden and her personal connection to botany.
Vancouver Island Nature is particularly rich in Tofino and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast, where we found plenty of lessons in the inter-connectivity of life and the hishuk ish ts’ awalk philosophy of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who have called the area home since Time Immemorial.