A few weeks ago I decided to go to the Taipei Botanical Garden. It was a beautiful, although slightly chilly, day and I got to enjoy the great weather with all of the old retired people walking around the garden with me.
I had plenty of time to check out the sights so I wandered aimlessly, walking the outskirts of the garden and finishing up by checking out the middle of the garden. I ended up spending 2 good solid hours walking around the 15 hectares (~37 acres!).
The garden is divided into 17 different areas depending on the flora, and has 9 ponds with different plant habitats. There area also quite a few glasshouses where plants with different water and humidity needs were kept.
I must have gone too soon in the season because I didn’t really see many flowers, the ones I did see were very few and tiny…
have had this house plant! I had no idea the leaves could grow this huge! They must give the plants steroids here.
What I did not see:
Now back to my photos:
There were lots of bridges that allowed you to walk right into the different areas, this one held a lot of different pines and trees. What drew me too this area was actually the smell. As I walked near it smelled like delicious bubble gum! The botanical garden is surrounded on 2 sides by apartments, but you can see the plants doing their thang and enjoying all of the sunlight available.
Scarecrow looking quite fashionable:
More ridiculously large leaves, sorry I didn’t have a banana for scale:
The most vibrant flowers I’ve seen. The colors in this photo are so muted compared to the rich color in real life. A few rules to follow. Don’t feed birds chiclets. Don’t take your potted plants for a walk. Don’t clap for the turtles. No juggling. No feeling emo. Even the bathroom was surrounded by plants. I saw so many cats enjoying the sunlight and grass, just relaxing and owning the place. My favorite of the bunch!
I definitely have to go back when the weather is nice again. I feel that I went on a strange “off” day and will get to experience the plants in all of their glory later in the year.