Bonsai Gardening Secrets
On the south side of the road a narrow trail takes you across a large expanse of mangrove swamp and a section of Gold Rock Creek to the ocean and Gold Rock Beach. Be sure to take your swimming gear along. For most of the walk you'll hike across a vast watery area via a series of narrow boardwalks. Along the way, you'll see a wide assortment of plants and wildlife. The trail will take you past strange-looking, bonsai-like ming trees and, if the season is right, a variety of colorful orchids.
In Saint-Jacques four miles north of Edmundston, don't miss The New Brunswick Botanical Garden, TransCanada-2, Exit 8, s 506 7353074. It is open daily 9 am to dusk, June through mid-October. Admission is 4.75 adults, 2.25 ages seven-12. Gardens include collections of roses, lilies and alpine plants, themed plantings, vegetable, herb, alpine, bonsai, water and shade gardens. The rose gardens are particularly beautiful in early summer, but a good portion of the more than 80,000 plants and 30,000 annual bedding plants are in bloom all summer.
Bahama Mama's goes for a 'Caribbean island' feel, complete with palm trees and surfboards. It's a friendly spot and stands apart from most of the other late-night watering holes in this part of town. It's also the place to come for a foosball (table soccer) showdown. On Friday and Saturday nights there's a DJ spinning and a young crowd out on the bonsai-sized dance floor.
A glasshouse botanical garden has cacti up one end, a tropical jungle and bonsai trees at the other end and a small folk museum upstairs. A wetland ecoarea has a boardwalk, and nearby pony rides (W3000) and camel rides (W4000) are other options. The 30-minute AnistoryShow (adult teenager child W5000 4000 3000 S 11 am, 1 pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm) is fun and features a cute parrot, a chimpanzee act and eager performing seals. The 30-minute Elephant Theme Show (adult child W6000 5000 S 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm & 5pm) has nine elephants that play soccer and basketball and also features six Laotian female dancers.
In these well-tended gardens (Map pp102-3 Lodi Rd S 6am-8pm admission free), popular with joggers and young lovers alike, are the crumbling 15th- and 16th-century tombs of a string of Sayyid and Lodi rulers, including Mubarak Shah (d 1433), Ibrahim Lodi (d 1526) and Sikander Lodi (d 1517). The Bara Gumbad (Map pp102-3) at the centre of the gardens is a 15th-century tomb that sports some interesting interior plasterwork, while if minitrees are your thing, head to the gardens, home to the National Bonsai Park, in which you can stroll Gulliver-like. It's especially nice here around 6pm, when the sun begins to set, the bats to swoop, and the tombs are illuminated, hiding - from a distance at least - centuries of graffiti.
Almost any time of year, a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is most highly recommended, but when spring comes, what a blooming wonderland this 50-acre park becomes The Beaux Arts administration building is lined with lily ponds and beds of tulips. Nearby there's a sweet swelling of the earth called Daffodil Hill. Down the path, a wooden teahouse sits beside a gemlike pond with a bright red torii gate near the far shore this is the landmark Japanese Garden, a favored backdrop for wedding pictures. Then it's on to the cherry esplanade, which blossoms in late April the Rose Garden hits its prime in June. Recently renovated greenhouses, a renowned collection of fabulously gnarled bonsai, and a nice little al fresco cafe complete the picture. Five times as large, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is easy to reach it's the first stop on Metro North's Harlem division. Enter via the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a series of graceful domed glass houses built in 1901 to recall the...
Really worth a visit are Amsterdam s two excellent botanical gardens. Amsterdam's Hortus Botanicus is an indoor and outdoor tropical and subtropical paradise, containing 6,000 different species of plants including palm trees, cacti and herbs. The Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam's Vrije Universiteit features a Japanese bonsai collection and flesh-eating plants.
Ching Chung Koon (Green Pine Temple) is a peaceful Taoist temple complex northwest of Tuen Mun town centre. The main temple, which is on the left at the far end of the complex past rows of bonsai trees, bamboo and ponds, is dedicated to Lu Sun Young, one of the eight immortals of Taoism who lived in the 8th century. Flanking a statue of him are two of his disciples. Outside the entrance to the main temple are pavilions containing a bell and a drum to call the faithful to pray or to rest. An annual Bonsai Festival is held here April.
One of the most beautiful and arrestingly built environments in Hong Kong, this large Buddhist complex, originally dating from the 1930s, was rebuilt completely of wood in the style of the Tang dynasty in 1998. It is a serene place, with lotus ponds, immaculate bonsai tea plants and bougain-villea, and silent nuns delivering offerings of fruit and rice to Buddha and arhats (Buddhist disciple freed from the cycle of birth and death), or chanting behind intricately carved screens. The design (involving intricately interlocking sections of wood joined without a single nail) is intended to demonstrate the harmony of humans with nature and is pretty convincing - until you look up at the looming neighbourhood high-rises behind the complex.
The Chinese Garden is actually an island containing a number of Chinese-style pavilions and a seven-storey pagoda providing a great view. Apart from the pavilions, there is an extensive and impressive penjing (Chinese bonsai) display, as well as some more of those spectacularly clean 'outdoor' public toilets that seem to be catching on all over Singapore. Inside the large compound near the bonsai display is an unusual Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum (adult child 5 3 S 10am-7pm), where, among other things, you can see a live two-headed, six-legged turtle - one of the few in the world ever to have survived - and a large pond literally teeming with the little, one-headed fellows.
KOWLOON WALLED CITY PARK ffig Finds Hong Kong's newest park is perhaps its finest. Although it doesn't boast the attractions of the city's other parks, the Kowloon Walled City Park, on Tung Tau Tsuen Road, was designed to re-create the style of a classical Southern Chinese garden, and is the largest such garden outside China. Beautifully landscaped with man-made hills, ponds, streams, pines, boulders, bonsai, bamboo, and shrubs, it features winding paths through a sculpture garden, flower gardens, pavilions, and a playground.
Storey, wooden Qing pavilion in the heart of the park overlooks Brocade River and was built in her honour. The well nearby is where Xue Tao is said to have drawn water to dye her writing paper. The park also features over 150 varieties of bamboo from China, Japan and Southeast Asia, ranging from bonsai-sized potted plants to towering giants. Plopped in the middle of the park's bonsai and perennials is the Monument to the Martyrs ofthe Railway Protection Movement (1911). This obelisk memorialises an uprising of the people against corrupt officers pocketing cash intended for railway construction. People's Park was a private officer's garden, so it was a fitting place to put the structure.
When the orchids bloom (March) it's worth peeping inside the Flower Exhibition Centre (admission Rs 5 S 8.30am-5.30pm), a modestly sized tropical greenhouse full of bonsai and exotic plants. The once-grand 1932 White Memorial Hall (Nehru Marg) opposite is now a dilapidated childrens' sports hall.
Continue west along Lebuh Pudu then duck down the next alley to the back gate of the historic Sze Ya Temple (10 p77). Exit via the gatehouse on Jin Tun HS Lee and cross over busy Jin Cheng Lock. Note the pint-sized pines in the bonsai shops (11) to your right then cross Jin Hang Lekir, passing the four-storey Art Deco Lee Rubber Building (12), the tallest building in KL when it was constructed in the 1930s (the bookstore on the ground floor is good for postcards and stationery).
Visit some of my own favorite attractions including Cedar Hill, the historic home of the father of the civil rights movement, Frederick Douglas, in Southeast DC. I am also a huge fan of the National Arboretum located at the base of Capitol Hill which houses the National Herb Garden and the National Bonsai Collection. For the real local flavor, you can't beat the many restaurants in the heart of the fast-growing 14th and U Street neighborhoods where people from all walks of life sit shoulder to shoulder enjoying food from around the world - and of course from DC
Secrets & Principles of Growing Bonsai Trees & Plants. Full illustrated pictures with full details and easy to follow.