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Palo Alto’s commitment to its gardens is far reaching and starts young. Instead of lemonade stands, children peddle their herbs. Author’s photographs, except as noted

[sidebar]“Under this giant redwood,
The Palo Alto, November 6 to 11, 1769,
camped Portola and his band on
the expedition that discovered San Francisco Bay.”

From a bronze plaque placed on the site by the Historic Landmark Committee Native Sons of the Golden West
November 7, 1926 [/sidebar]

One of the observations made by the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, on his nineteenth-century exploratory trip to America, was that a democratic ideal underpins the fabric of American life. Classes in European aristocracies, Tocqueville pointed out in a vocabulary borrowed from landscape architecture, are “vast enclosures which one can neither leave nor enter . . . men are separated by high, immovable barriers.”[1. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop, 2002. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Page xxvi.] In the real landscape, stone walls, tall fences or thick, impenetrable hedge...

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