Monday, July 22, 2013

At the Botanic Garden

I have posted before about the Kuala Lumpur Botanic Gardens or Taman Botani Perdana, formerly known as Lake Gardens or Taman Tasik Perdana. However, on an evening walk the other night we explored a section of the park which I had somehow missed on all my previous visits but which may well be my favorite part of the gardens now. It consists of the Conservatory and the flower garden immediately surrounding it. The conservatory here is not a glasshouse as is common in temperate climes but a shade house for plants that need some protection from the heat and intense sunlight of Kuala Lumpur's tropical lowland climate. Adjacent to it there are sprawling flowerbeds, pergolas, pavilions, and water features that make for a lush, colorful, and fairly intimate space.

The fernery wing of the conservatory

The other wing of the conservatory, featuring such plants as bromeliads and begonias

Bromeliads in the conservatory

In the garden immediately outside the conservatory

Beds of Heliconia psittacorum and a pergola

Spathiphyllum cannifolium

A pavilion with a lily pool - notice the Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) hung from the edge of the roof

The loveliest of the water features

For more information on the Botanic Gardens, you can find their snazzy new website here.

6 comments:

  1. I am interested to see your posting about this garden because when we were visiting my sister in law in KL a few years ago I expressed a desire to see any gardens. She did take us to a butterfly garden and a rather run down garden but certainly not this one. What a pity we missed this one. Too bad they are moving to Langawi. we likely will not have the chance to visit this garden now.

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    1. They have been doing quite a bit of refurbishing and redevelopment along with the name change, so even this park perhaps looks somewhat better now than it might have a few years ago. The adjacent orchid and hibiscus gardens are also lovely. Elsewhere in KL there is the Roberto Burle Marx-designed modernist KLCC park at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers. In the suburbs the mall complex 1 Utama also has an awesome roof garden that is open on weekends, and in Putrajaya there is another big botanic garden as well as loads of parkland... Just in case you do get a chance to spend some more time in KL one day, perhaps on the way to Langkawi... :)

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  2. It looks gorgeous, very inviting and yes that water feature looks great!

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  3. It really was beautiful, especially in the evening light which unfortunately made for such blurry pictures. I wonder how many visitors it gets, for while the park is quite popular - though mainly for its jogging tracks and children's playgrounds - this complex is a bit hidden.

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  4. How beautiful and how special for you to be able to travel so extensively!

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  5. Very beautiful. The peace lily is famous here for its air purification properties.

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