A Famous Sri Lankan Garden

See the VIDEO of the seminar if you missed it.

Lynsey Poore  is a volunteer guide at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, where she enjoys showing visitors our heritage. She has travelled to many exciting places throughout the world taking a special interest in botanic gardens and the native flora. Lynsey is a frequent speaker on gardens and travels to a wide range of audiences in Melbourne.

Lynsey’s talk was titled “A Famous Sri Lankan Garden” and was delivered on Saturday 16 March 2024 via ZOOM.

Presentation by Lynsey Poore, botanist, on the Royal Botanic Gardens Sri-Lanka

Lynsey’s presentation was based on high quality photographs of the variety of plants and trees of the Gardens.  She explained that the Gardens are situated near Candy in the highlands of Sri-Lanka. The high location enables a wide range of species beyond tropical plants and trees to flourish. An example of this variety is a beautifully laid out English Rose Garden. The Gardens also cover 147 acres and a river flows around it. It was originally designed in the sixteenth century for a King in this region.

In the mid nineteenth century the Garden was taken over by the British, who colonised Sri-Lanka. Their influence is apparent in the avenue of palms, which go into the Gardens from the grand entrance gates. The influence of the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, which provided a wide range of plant species from South America and other parts of Asia, is apparent. The Gardens are now run by the Sri-Lankan government and are maintained superbly.

Besides a beautiful range of trees and plants with a striking variety of colour, the Gardens also have a stunning Orchid House with 184 species of orchids. The Gardens also have beautiful Japanese gardens. Among features of the Gardens is the largest bamboo tree in the world and an enormous fig tree that is situated in one of the lawns in the Gardens. The Gardens also have a lake in the shape of Sri-Lanka, large expanses of lawn and pathways bordered by banked beds of flowers.

Richard Gough, Saturday Seminars

See the VIDEO of the seminar if you missed it.

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