For budding botanists and history buffs alike, the world’s botanical gardens offer a wealth of information and opportunities to see and learn. Some of the world’s oldest plants can be found in the botanical gardens that are located in this area.
Water lilies that are as tall as trees can be found in the wild.
Indonesia’s Bogor Botanical Gardens, located in West Java, are home to some of the world’s largest water lilies, some of which are not only historic, but also set new world records (the species, that is, which can also be found in several other countries). Their large leaves and flowers, which can measure up to 1.3 feet across, distinguish them from other plants. Because the leaves float on water beds, they can support up to 299 pounds in weight without sinking, which is incredible. Bogor’s giant water lilies were given historical context thanks to a gift from Amsterdam Botanical Garden (which is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world) in 1960: a seed had been sent from Amsterdam to Bogor as a gift.
Almonds plucked from the forest
Wild almond hedges can be found in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa, where they have a longer history than most of their contemporaries and are therefore more valuable. By planting these hedges in 1652, Dutch navigator Jan van Riebeeck established Dutch Cape Colony as a major trading post and the first European settlement in South Africa, making it the first European settlement in the region. A Dutch colony’s border defense was bolstered in 1660 when Van Riebeeck planted the wild almond trees that now adorn Kirstenbosch. There are still a few of them around after more than 350 years (and counting).
The Cannonball tree is number three.
Sri Lankan King Wickramabahu III established his court near the Mahaweli River in the 14th century, and it was from this location that the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya were established nearby. A long time later, when settler Alexander Moon began planting coffee plants in the area, the garden’s design was formalized to make it more aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to the cannonball tree in the garden, which bears fruit that resembles cannonballs, it was given to the garden by George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom in 1901. The more than a century-old tree, which is often laden with its namesake fruit, is adorned with stunning orange and pink blossoms in the springtime.