Several months into my Second Life (A virtual world when the participants are content creators), I washed up on an island in pirate waters. It was a bare rock and after a few weeks I asked the landlord if they could spare a few prims (primitives – content building blocks) for landscaping. I really enjoyed greening up that island, and soon I was dreaming of an island of my own. Land in SL is expensive – 125 USD for a homestead island. That is a lot of money for a hobby and way out of my entertainment budget. SL has a marketplace, so I decided to sell the plants I made to offset the cost of the game. I kept on growing my garden business hoping it would pay for my “someday sim” but no such luck. Even with the garden center I was still putting money into SL. If a friend did not subsidize me by lending me his unused land and prims I would’not have had a in-world presence at all.
Even after several months of expanding my stock I still could not afford an in-world garden center on my own and my friend asked me why I was working so hard for pennies. Good question. The answer was I had grown to enjoy the creative pixellated gardening itself. A different friend asked me why I didn’t open up a Botanical Garden. Another good question.
I love botanical gardens. When traveling on holiday I visit them in any city that has one. I am not a botanist. I have always admired people who could walk through the woods and name the trees and flowers. I can tell a maple form an oak leaf but until I started my pixellated garden I could not tell a walnut leaf from an aspen.
I have always thought SL has an enormous potential for education – so why not have a botanical garden and teach some of the things I have leaned
This blog is for Botanica – my virtual botanical garden A place to use a virtual world to make virtual gardens and teach a few things.