The National Kandawgyi Gardens is a mix of a true botanical garden, a nice flower
park and a huge park with some great looking areas. The total area is 177 hectares. It
was first established in 1915 as the Maymyo Botanical Gardens by Alex
Roger, a Forest Officer. The Botanical Gardens has 514
species of indigenous trees and 74 foreign species, 75 species of
bamboo, and 75 species of crotons. Of the 300 species of indigenous
orchids, but I failed to find many caudiciforms, when I visited in 2016.
Several large lakes
open up the landscape in the best "Brown'ísh-style".
The Botanical Gardens has three
museums. The Fossils Museum houses fossils of mammals, reptiles, and
invertebrates, and the Petrified Wood Museum displays fossils of plants,
colorful stones, toddy-palm roots, as well as things made from fossils
of plants. The Butterfly Museum has various species of butterflies from
Nepal, Taiwan, South America, Japan and South East Asia.
A long board-walk
leads into the wilder part.
The same lake.
The 300 orchids are divided in
foreign and native.
Many of the orchids had flowers, and
it seems to me like many are hybrids.
300 species, and
quite a lot of each!
Missed the names.
I visited the wrong
time of year.
How to grow that species; on a rock!
Nursing the plants
on a Sunday.
Classic mix of coconut and charcoal.
Here are a 35 meter viewing tower.