Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Travels 2013 - Part 1: KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As seems to happen every time, it has taken me a while since getting back from my last trip to get around to posting about the things I got to see. There is sorting through the bajilion pictures I took, and then there is school which had me busy again almost as soon as I arrived, all while still rather jetlagged. But now at last things are settling back into routine, so here we go. Up first is the KLCC Park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, right at the foot of the famous Petronas Twin Towers. It was designed by the famous Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, one of the grand masters of modernist landscape design, and is one of few works of his outside the Americas as well as one of his last major projects. Though a bit tamer perhaps than some of his more famous Brazilian parks and gardens, it nevertheless combines lush tropical exuberance with clean, modern lines.

View  from within the park towards the Twin Towers

Thunbergia grandiflora

Plantings at the edge of the park

A small flowering shrub - Can someone identify it?

One of the pools, with metal whale and dolphin sculptures

A two-tone canna cultivar (Canna indica)

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

So much for a start to the tropical excursion... More to follow soon!

2 comments:

  1. Wish we had the time to hop over to KL, looks like a lovely city!

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful photos. Always nice to "travel" with other gardeners. Jack

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