Wild yet beautiful gardens

As horticulture becomes a big trend, we are listing five beautiful botanical gardens in Malaysia that have been around for decades.

EVER since lockdown, gardening has become a big trend among Malaysians. Today, there are many gardening Instagram accounts that offer advice on choosing the right plant or flower in a pot, using the right tools, or specific guides for the garden of your dreams.

Our rainforests are home to many plant species that are known throughout the world as habitats for common and rare flora, including native plants.

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

But there are many stunning botanical gardens that provide such information, showcase unique flowers and plants, and house a vast collection of species that number in the hundreds (perhaps thousands) across the verdant expanse of green land.

Here are some of Malaysia’s beautiful botanical gardens, in no particular order:

Perdana Botanical Garden

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

The magnificent park was originally a leisure park that was later turned into a botanical garden and has an extensive collection of forest trees, a collection of Zingiberales and a Heliconia garden showcasing original species and hybrids, as well as a small waterfall perfect for photographs.

There are also collections of exotic species, including 300-year-old trees, brazil nuts and mahogany trees. fruit trees and 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, Cicada Island, a collection of cycads and succulents, a garden of herbs and spices, and a deer park in the botanical garden.

One of the features of this park is that it houses a hibiscus garden in the Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden, which also has various plant species.

The Sunken Garden is a ‘parterre’ garden with a striking pattern of low Siamenese acalypha bushes, Chinese loropetalum shrubs, zephyranthes and colorful petunias, as well as a star-shaped fountain.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden

The Putrajaya Botanical Garden, called the “City in the Garden”, is one of Asia’s 40 beautiful and cheerful parks, as listed in the book. Paradise Regained: A Journey Through the Noble Gardens of Asia.

The Royal Chelsea Foundation also awarded it the title of “Asia’s Most Amazing Garden” at the World Premiere of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2008.

Officially opened in 2003 by then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the park stretches over 230 acres of former farmland next to the lake.

The park is divided into eight botanical themes: Malaysian ulam and medicinal plants, bamboo, ginger trees, edible fruit arboretum, lawn and cereals; Forest edge and local medicinal plants; Greenhouse and ecological pond.

Some areas of the park are worth a stroll, 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.

Penang Botanical Garden

Known as the Falls Gardens, the garden was created by the British in 1884 under the direction of the first curator, Charles Curtis.

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

Formerly a granite quarry, it has a deep valley, jungle hills, and a stream flowing through 29 hectares. The Penang Botanical Garden is recognized by UNESCO as the third biosphere reserve in Malaysia.

The park consists of 12 sections: Water Garden, Formal Garden, Japanese Garden, Sunken Garden, Orchidarium, Begonia and Bromeliad House, Fruit Arboretum, Cactus Garden, Secret Garden, Herb Garden, Aroid Path and Lily Pond.

National Botanical Garden, Shah Alam

The most famous place for eco-tourism and agritourism, the most famous attraction of the National Botanical Gardens is a four-season house where visitors can experience four types of seasons: winter, spring, autumn and summer.

The park consists of a zoo, 95 hectares of orchards, a cactus garden, an orchid garden and a spice garden.

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

This is a good place for cycling, jogging and family picnics, while the more adventurous can try their hand at fishing on the lake.

Agrotech park at MARDI Cameron Highlands

This is not a botanical garden per se, but it has a variety of plants and is surrounded by greenery and cool weather.

Located in the cool weather in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, formerly known as the Federal Experimental Station in 1926 to the British, the park opened to the public in June 2003 and is currently operated 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 centre.

About 40 varieties of roses, 10 varieties of strawberries, 100 varieties of citrus fruits, six varieties of anthuriums, four varieties of apples, pears and even persimmons grow on 42 hectares of land.