My family have learnt, that wherever we are, if there is a botanic garden in the vicinity, we will have to visit it. What we haven’t quite learnt yet is that we should check the opening hours before we go. . .
We chose to visit Phuket botanic gardens near the end of our holiday in Thailand last year. It was another lovely hot day and we had spent 45minutes driving through busy traffic to find this.
I won’t repeat some of the things that were said! Luckily for me, though, there were plenty of other sights to visit in the area. However, having tasted the possibility of all those wonderful plants, I couldn’t leave these gardens and so I dragged everyone back the next day too.
It was well worth the effort. The gardens were lovely.
As expected they were very lush with lots of interesting plants and flowers frequented by wonderful butterflies and rather shy birds.
They had done a good job of making the gardens interesting with areas of particular plant groups mixed with areas of more educational interest. Unfortunately we couldn’t learn much from the Thai labelling, but we did have a laugh at some of the translations.
The first area we came to contained carnivorous plants together with air feeding plants (epiphytes?)
Some of the specimens were magnificent – well they do have the climate for it.
Water features and statues were used throughout the garden to create a truly tropical affect.
They were clearly proud of all the vegetables and spices that are used in Thai cooking.
Other plants were grown for their fruit ; many trees had artificial fruit hanging on the branches so you could always see what they looked like. However, in some cases it wasn’t always easy to tell the real fruit from the artificial ones.
Editor’s note (aka The Traveller): Why are they called Rose Apples when they are clearly pears?
The Rose Apple fruit, which is pink when ripe, is supposed to be very crisp and refreshing. It looks like someone has pinched a couple of these.
One of my favourite areas was the fern garden.
Unfortunately not many of them had labels but you can recognise some favourite house plants.
I would have stayed longer in this garden, but there was so much more to see.
Coming next: the Orchid House and the English Garden.