Wild yet beautiful gardens

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

ALREADY Since the lockdown, gardening has become a big trend among Malaysians. Today, there are plenty of Instagram accounts dedicated to gardening, offering advice on choosing the right potted plant or flower, using the right tools, or special guides for your dream garden.

There is an abundance of plant species in our tropical rainforests which are known around the world to harbor common and rare species of flora, including native plants.

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

But there are many stunning botanic gardens that provide such information, display unique flowers and plants, and maintain a huge collection of species that number in the hundreds (if not thousands) over a verdant expanse of green land.

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

Perdana Botanical Garden

Perdana Botanical Garden, located in the Kuala Lumpur Heritage Park, was formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana of Lake Gardens and is part of the green lung of a vibrant city.

The beautiful park was initially a leisure park, which was later transformed into a botanical garden, and has an extensive collection of forest trees, the Zingiberales collection and the Heliconia garden, displaying original species and hybrids, and has a small waterfall perfect for pictures.

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

There are collections of fruit trees, containing “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 deer park in the Botanical Gardens.

One of the particularities of this park is that it houses a hibiscus garden, at the Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden, which also houses various species of plants.

The Sunken Garden is a ‘parterre’ garden with a striking design created with low Acalypha Siamensis shrubs, Loropetalum Chinense shrub, colorful Zephyranthes and petunias, and a star-shaped fountain.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden

Called the city in the garden, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden is one of 40 beautiful and fun parks in Asia, as listed in the book Paradise Found: Journeys through the Noble Gardens of Asia.

It was also awarded the title of “Asia’s most amazing garden” by the Royal Chelsea Foundation at the World Premier Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2008.

Officially opened in 2003 by then-Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the park spanned 230 acres of formerly agricultural land next to a lake.

The park is divided into eight botanical themes: Malaysian and Medicinal Ulam, Bambusetum, Zingiberales, Edible Fruit Arboretum, Lawn and Grasses; forest fringe and indigenous medicinal plants; Conservatory and ecological basin.

Certain areas of 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 a stroll.

Penang Botanical Garden

Known as Waterfall Gardens, the garden was established by the British in 1884 under the supervision of the first curator, Charles Curtis.

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

It was once a granite quarry and has a deep valley, jungle hills and a stream that runs through 29 hectares. Penang Botanical Garden recognized by Unesco as Malaysia’s third biosphere reserve.

The park has 12 sections: Water Garden, French Garden, Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchidarium, Begonia and Bromeliad House, Fruit Arboretum, Cactus Garden, Secret Garden, Herb Garden, Aroid Trail and Pond to water lilies.

National Botanical Gardens, Shah Alam

A premier destination for ecotourism and agrotourism, the National Botanical Garden’s most famous attraction is the Four Seasons House, where visitors can experience four types of seasons: winter, spring, autumn, and summer.

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

The 72-hectare animal garden allows visitors to observe deer, horses, birds, peacocks, doves, rabbits and porcupines. At the fruit garden, visitors can see the tropical fruits.

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

Agro Technology Park at TUESDAY 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.

Located in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands in 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 Malaysian Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

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

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