|Kate in a garden.|
There probably isn't much difference between the stuff you could see in either, except that everything in the Botanical Garden is labeled. To be honest, I didn't even know there was a botanical garden in Athens, but there is, it's close, and we're going. We'll show you pictures when we make that trip.
The National Garden is in the heart of tourist central. If you're going to walk to Syntagma from Hadrian's Arch, the quickest route is through the Garden. Queen Amalia commissioned the Garden in 1838. Back then, Greece still had ruling monarchs, so it was the Royal Garden, and only open to the public during certain hours. When it was commissioned, the German dude who designed it imported a bunch of plants and animals that were not suited to this environment, and subsequently did not fare well. According to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge, a Garden monkey bit King Alexander, and his death from the bite, along with the political turmoil that resulted, caused Greece's defeat in the Greco-Turkish War. Cool.
The Garden is open all day, and is completely free of charge. There are a bunch of things to see and do. It would be a gorgeous venue for a proposal, wedding, or a very classy "We need to talk" breakup speech. There are also, as Kate mentioned, a lot of beautiful, fit Greeks who go there to run. Enter with high self esteem.
|Actual, live turtles. We could tell because of the turtle smell. I had a turtle once. That's a story for another day.|
|Amalia's palm trees.|
|"Will you marry me?" or, alternatively, "I think we should break up."|
|Gazebo not in the Botanical Garden.|
|Kate with some old stuff.|
|This is a cool picture. You don't even have to tell me; I know it.|
|Dumb tourists baking in the sun, while Kate, Bella, The Kid, and I enjoyed the show from the shade.|