I hope the new year has been off to a good start for everyone! My winter break so far has been spend traveling - hence my failure to post anything for most of the last three weeks - as I am in Malaysia visiting my significant other who, after going to college in the US, has returned home to work here for a while. Needless to say I am enjoying luxuriant warmth and lush tropical vegetation and as always I am doing my best to explore nearby sites of horticultural interest, to be featured on this blog in days to come. First up today is Kuala Lumpur's Orchid Garden or Taman Orkid, located within the larger complex known as Lake Gardens and just across the road from the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Though not huge, it displays a beautiful collection of orchids in a riot of colors, all nicely arranged in beds, pots, and as epiphytes on trees and wooden pergolas.
A view along one of the paths in the central part of the garden
Flower of the bamboo orchid (Arundina graminifolia)
One of the orchid beds, edged with ferns
Species and hybrids of the genus Vanda and similar genera are particularly well represented throughout the garden, though there are also a fair number of Dendrobium hybrids and the like in the collection.
Dendrobium phalaenopsis hybrids in the covered pergola at the entrance to the garden
A pink orchid of the Vanda alliance
Yellow and orange hybrids of Vanda and/or closely related genera
Rows of Vanda hookeriana hybrids
Flower of Vanda hookeriana or some very similar species
As for the design and layout of the garden, I particularly liked the combination of beds of orchids with tree ferns, since the pale green and delicate, feathery forms of the latter's leaves contrast very nicely with the bright colors and thick, waxy texture of the orchid flowers.
Pale pink and yellow orchids set among tree ferns and Plumeria trees
View through stands of tree ferns towards the central portion of the garden
If you want to visit, keep in mind that the Orchid Garden is free on weekdays but apparently charges a small admission fee on weekends and holidays.