Charles Thays, a French Gardener in Buenos Aires

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The exhibition Carlos Thays, un jardinero francés en Buenos Aires (Charles Thays, a French Gardener in Buenos Aires), organized by the Buenos Aires government, the French Embassy, the City of Paris, will be held at Centro Cultural Recoleta until December 6, 2009, with free entrance, featuring photographs, models, plans, urban furniture, personal objects and other documents.

Charles Thays was one of the main promoters of the embellishment of urban spaces for the centenary in 1910, and one of the key figures for the protection of the natural patrimony, the production of yerba mate, and the botanical sciences.

Charles Thays was born in Paris in 1849, and died in Buenos Aires in 1934. He was known as the Greatest Gardener of Buenos Aires. He developed his work in Argentina from 1889, adopting it as his own country, studying its natural and cultural heritage.



As Director of Parks of the city of Buenos Aires, Thays designed and remodeled most of its green spaces: the Botanical Garden, the Parks 3 de Febrero, Los Andes, Ameghino, Colón, de los Patricios, Chacabuco, Pereyra, del Centenario, Lezama, Avellaneda and Intendente Alvear, as well as the squares of Congreso, de Mayo, Rodríguez Peña, Solís, Castelli, Brown, Balcarce, among others. He also built gardens in hospitals and other public buildings, and planted over 150,000 trees in the streets of Buenos Aires.

The exhibition is divided into different sections:
  • One life, two continents: explains the private and public life of Thays in two countries: France and Argentina.
  • The art of the garden: shows his main public and private designs (squares, parks, and gardens; urbanizations; estancias and residences).
  • Science and technics: focused in his activities related to botanics, environment and horticulture.
  • Children's corner: specially design for kids, introducing them in the parks of the past.
  • Virtual walks, a video installation that takes visitors to the parks of Paris and Buenos Aires
  • Exterior garden: a Welcome garden
Location: Centro Cultural Recoleta, Junin 1930
Dates: November 5 - December 6, 2009
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 9 pm
Free entrance

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