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!
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.
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.
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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