134. Garden Primeval Overview

This garden takes us back 150 million years to the Jurassic period, when giant dinosaurs roamed the earth.  

If you are looking for exotic flowers, you won’t see them here. This is a time before flowering plants dominated Earth’s landscapes. The air is warm and moist, and lush forests cover much of the land.

Ferns and mosses flourish along the ground. These are some of Earth’s earliest evolved land plants. They live where it is continuously damp and reproduce by tiny spores, which need moisture to grow.

The landscape is dotted with palm-like cycad trees and conifers. These cone-bearing trees are among the earliest seed plants. Seeds represent a giant step in plants’ evolutionary history. Unlike spores, seeds have a protective coating and their own stored energy, and can survive extended dry periods until growing conditions improve.