Our World Tuesday/Botanical Garden In Chennai

Welcome to Our World Tuesday. I got back from my holiday in Chennai a few days ago. On the last day, when the skies were still cloudy and the rain had stopped, we headed towards the city’s botanical garden, Semmozhi Poonga. It’s an oasis of green in the heart of the city and I couldn’t get enough of it! The lush plants in the first photo is near the entrance. From then on it was going through species after species. A blogger’s delight for sure!

The vertical garden

This arch,which is an entry point to the garden,  is a vertical garden with  an inbuilt irrigation and drainage system. The entire walls are covered with 35  species of plants.

orchids

A walkway with trailing plants

The fern area was so green and beautiful. Spread over 20 acres this garden has 500 species of plants. That is in addition to the 80 trees that were already in existence during the development of the park. This area was formerly the location of the Woodlands Drive-in restaurant and the Agri-horticultural society. The literal translation of the garden’s name is ” Classical Language Park”. The name was given in order to commemorate the Classical Tamil conference which was held in the earlier part of 2010. The garden was opened in November last year.

This water body had several ducks and the bank was full of lilies.

The cactus garden

Simulated wood for dustbins

The bonsai area with bamboo fencing

I looked up Wiki to find out the details. Several plants have been brought in from China and that includes flowering and non-flowering cacti, bamboo, ficus, and bonsai varieties. The garden received water lilies and twelve varieties of orchids from Thailand.

The trees are so beautiful. Some of them are said to be over a hundred years old. There were heliconias in different shades but this image will haunt me for a while.

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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13 Responses to Our World Tuesday/Botanical Garden In Chennai

  1. Indrani says:

    Fantastic.
    Superb shots, I liked those orchids.

  2. ladyfi says:

    What lovely lush shots of this wonderful place!

  3. Arija says:

    Kanak, how could you bear to leave this almost instant urban paradise? Just a few short years old and already so full of lush growth. It is always a great boon to have old trees to work around when establishing a garden. They give not only structure but also wind and sun protection. A lovely place.
    I hope you are not too sad to end your holiday but I am also sure you are glad to be back in the paradise you have created around your own home.

    Blessings . . . Arija

  4. stardust says:

    This botanical garden must be a paradise for the flowers, plants and critters and an oasis for the busy people in urban area as well. Ferns, cactus, bonsai…. there seem to be every kind of plants. It’s the place I could spend a whole day strolling with a camera. I’d like to see the noble orchids of my favorite color closely and walk under that cascading flowers. Thank you, Kanak, for these visual treats with your selection of scenes.

    Yoko

  5. wonderful pics of your world 🙂

  6. Leovi says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos, stunning botanical garden, a true wonder.

  7. It is all lovely, but I have to say that my favorite thing is the tree trash can!!! We should do that here in our parks, it looks like part of nature!!

  8. lotusleaf says:

    What a wonderful botanical garden!In such a short time, they have made it into a haven for bio- diversity. Ours has a 250 year old history, and every day it is deteriorating:( Shows how important it is to have dedicated people to manage botanical gardens.

  9. Hello Kanak! I love the bonsai area a lot. Those bamboo fence make the whole place so natural. Also those ducks haha… it’s fun to watch them go down the water and on water. What a lovely place. I can get even feel fresh air coming from my screen hehe…

  10. Sharmila says:

    Really informative n beautiful … if i visit chennai i would definately visit the garden. i love every bit of the garden u shot … it really a paradise for plant lovers !!

  11. shivani says:

    Ayung your photography is AMAZING!!! The trip to the botanical garden with you was so much fun , learned so much from you . Why don’t you upload the pictures of the centipedes which only u noticed !!! Hope to see you again soon . 🙂

    With love,
    Vani .

  12. Anita says:

    I really hope this park continues to flourish. In tamil nadu, a change in government often means a change in priorities.

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