Friday, December 18, 2009

Trees, Trees, and more Tress

With a history dating far back as 1371, Royal Botanic Gardens, better known as the Paradeniya Gardens, is a national treasure that we should be proud of. It was initiated during the reign of King Wicramabahu III, and made into a Royal Garden by King Kirti Sri Rajasinghe. It gained its current botanical garden state during the colonial times, under the direction of Alexander Moon. The idea was to use the gardens as a testing ground for crop cultivation, such as Rubber, Coffee, Nutmeg, etc, before mass cultivation.

The garden covers an area of 60 hectares and is bordered by the River Mahaweli on three sides. It is home to around 10,000 plants and trees from around the world. In addition, there are many species of animals calling this place home.

They have a good web site with lots of information so anyone interested and check it out.

Y'all have a super duper weekend :D


















6 comments:

Sach said...

Damn! That brought back memories...

Chavie said...

beautiful! :) I love the tree in the 2nd before the last one!

Azrael said...

Thanks :)

niroshinie said...

*sigh. I wish I could walk along shady streets lined with trees - just like in ur pics :(

nifraz said...

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stringhopper200 said...

Thanks for a great post. The Peradeniya Gardens is one of my favorite places from the past and to do in the future as well!