The Bali Botanical Garden is up in the mountains, near Mount Batur, an hour or so from Ubud by car. Its altitude makes its climate significantly cooler than the lowlands and the day we visited was overcast with intermittent rain but we had a wonderful time anyway. The orchids and ferns were particularly good, and we would have spent far more time in the Taman Usada or Garden of Useful Plants if increasing rain hadn’t encouraged us to move on to the next attraction.
As one of the guidebooks noted, anyone who loved plants could easily spend a whole day in these gardens. Even if the day had been fine, however, we would have left early enough to visit the Lake Temple nearby, as we did – but that’s another story.