Mendoza

30 03 2009
Mendoza streets

Mendoza streets

Mendoza is a nice city with many large trees providing good shade for the wide streets and sidewalks.  It is arid and hot here, but the street trees help keep the streets cool.  The city is well known for the complex irrigation ditches which run throughout the city and provide water to all the park and the street trees.  It is a nice experience to walk around in the shade on the wide sidewalks, while listening to the ever present irrigation waters flowing by. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Photos-Drainage and Landscaping of St. Catalina Convent

11 01 2009

So I have sinus infection and extra time to write about the drainage and landscaping at a convent in Arequipa. The convent was for nuns from wealthy families and they enjoyed large individual rooms within a larger complex that has not only great landscaping, but also a very advanced and ´progressive´ drainage system.

Drainage to flow through planter, from the 1700s!!

Drainage to flow through planter, from the 1700s!!

1700s flow control!!

1700s flow control!!

The courtyards have fruit trees such as fig, citrus, avocado, and what appears to be plum, in addition to rubber trees and decoratives like trailing lantana, honeysuckle, nasturtium, geranium, cedar, Norfolk island pine (?) and others. Read the rest of this entry »