Bali Botanical Gardens

bali botanical garden
Formal gardens in the European style

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.

bali botanical garden
Inspired whimsicality
bali botanical garden
Decorated pot

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.

More information about the gardens: Wikipedia. The garden’s official site is only in Bahasa but the pictures make it worth a look – even for monoglots like me.

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