Entertainment · August 2, 2022

Wild yet beautiful gardens

As gardening becomes a huge trend, we list five beautiful botanical gardens in Malaysia that have been around for decades

JE Since the lockdown, gardening has become a huge trend among Malaysians. There are many Instagram accounts dedicated to gardening these days, offering advice on choosing the right potted plant or flower, using the right tools, or specific guides for your dream garden.

Our tropical rainforests are home to an abundance of plant species that are known around the world to be home to common and rare plant species, including native plants.

Unless you’re a garden enthusiast or nature lover, you may not know all the names, medicinal values, habitats, or other fascinating information about these native plants.

But there are many stunning botanical gardens that provide such information, displaying unique flowers and plants and holding a vast collection of species numbering in the hundreds (and perhaps thousands) across a verdant expanse of green.

Here are some of the beautiful botanical gardens in Malaysia, in no particular order:

Perdana Botanical Garden

Formerly known as the Taman Tasik Perdana of Lake Gardens, the Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur’s Heritage Park is part of the green lungs of a vibrant city.

Originally a recreation park that was later converted into a botanical garden, the magnificent park features a huge forest tree collection, the Zingiberales collection and the Heliconia garden, which exhibits original species and hybrids, and has a small waterfall that is perfect for photos.

There are also collections of exotic species, including 300-year-old trees, Brazil nut trees and mahogany trees. fruit trees and houses a hibiscus garden.

There are fruit tree collections with “forgotten” plant species that are no longer planted for various reasons.

There is also Laman Perdana, Cycad Island, a collection of cycads and succulents, a herb and spice garden, and a wildlife park in the Botanical Gardens.

One of the special things about this park is that it houses a hibiscus garden in the Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden, which also hosts different species of plants.

The Sunken Garden is a parterre garden with an eye-catching pattern consisting of low shrubs of Acalypha Siamensis, Loropetalum Chinense shrubs, Zephyranthes and colorful petunias, and a star-shaped fountain.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden

Putrajaya Botanical Garden, dubbed as the city in the garden, is one of the 40 most beautiful and enjoyable parks in Asia as stated in the book Paradise Found: Journeys through the Noble Gardens of Asia.

It was also named Asia’s Most Amazing Garden by the Royal Chelsea Foundation at the 2008 World Premier Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

The park was founded in 2003 by then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad officially opened and spread over 230 hectares of former farmland next to a lake.

The park is divided into eight botanical themes: Malaysian Ulam and Medicinal, Bambusetum, Zingiberales, Edible Fruit Arboretum, Lawn and Gramineae; edge of forest and medicinal plants of the indigenous people; Winter garden and ecological pond.

Certain areas within the park such as Canna Walk, Fern Garden, Floral Steps, African Collection, Tropical America Collection, Hibiscus Walk, Bougainvillea Tunnel, Pandanus Walk, Orchid Path, Palm Hill, Vine Garden and Heliconia Trail are all worth walking.

Penang Botanical Garden

Known as Watefall Gardens, the gardens were laid out by the British in 1884 under the supervision of the first curator, Charles Curtis.

The English-style garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the British colony.

Formerly a granite quarry, it has a deep valley, jungle hills and a creek running through 29 hectares. Penang Botanic Garden recognized by Unesco as the third Biosphere Reserve in Malaysia.

The park has 12 areas: Aquatic Garden, Formal Garden, Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchidarium, Begonia and Bromeliad House, Fruit Arboretum, Cactus Garden, Secret Garden, Herb Garden, Aroid Trail and Lily Pond.

National Botanical Garden, Shah Alam

The most famous attraction of the National Botanic Garden, the top destination for eco and agritourism, is the Four Seasons House, where visitors can experience four kinds of seasons: winter, spring, autumn and summer.

The park consists of an animal park, 95 hectares of orchards, a cactus garden, an orchid garden and spice gardens.

In the 72-acre zoo, visitors can see deer, horses, birds, peacocks, pigeons, rabbits, and porcupines. In the orchard, visitors can see the tropical fruits.

This is a good place for cycling, jogging and family picnics, while the more adventurous can try their hand at fishing around the lake.

Agricultural Technology Park in MARDI Cameron Highlands

It’s not a botanical garden per se, but it has a variety of plants and is surrounded by greenery and cool weather.

The park is located in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands with cool weather, formerly known as the Federal Experimental Station in 1926 to the British, the park opened to the public in June 2003 and is now managed by the Malaysia Research and Development Institute (MARDI). .

The park consists of an English garden, orchid garden, rose garden, herb garden and a research and information center.

The 42 hectares of land are home to about 40 varieties of roses, 10 varieties of strawberries, 100 varieties of citrus, six varieties of anthurium, four varieties of apples, pears and even persimmons.