The Botanic Garden – Nature never goes out of style

Why to visit the botanic garden in Mauritius?

Because nature never goes out of style.

 

A while ago I found these pics of the Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, which we visited, during our vacation in Mauritius.

A great memory that I wouldn’t like to withhold from you.

The Botanical Garden is a wonderful place and home to an incredible variety of tropical plants and old buildings.

 

I would say, it’s a small corner of paradise!

 

You’ll be blown away by the amazing collection of 85 types of palm trees, from bottle palms, royal palms to the talipot palm which blooms every 40 years or so and then dies! 

The Botanic Garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, is located in the proximity of Port-Louis in the district of Pamplemousse.

 

Nearly 300 years ago the garden initially opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius. 

There are endless acres of land and it may take you some days to cover the whole garden. We just spend couple of hours exploring the exotic fauna and flora, what was n my opinion sufficient to get an impression.

 

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style  Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style

 

One highlight of severals is the abundant birdlife, watch for the crimson hues of the Madagascar fody, while there are a population of deer around and a dozen giant Aldabra tortoises.

 

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style 

 

Frenchman Nicolas de Cere took over from Monsieur Poivre and during 40 years set about designing and building alleys, ponds, benches and bridges.

 

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style  Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style  

 

You will find many different gardens there, but the centrepiece of the gardens is a pond filled with giant water lilies.

Their diameter can reach 3 meters!  Young leaves emerge as wrinkled balls and unfold into the classic tea-tray shape up to 2m across in a matter of hours. The flowers in the centre of the huge leaves open white one day and close red the next.

 

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style

 

The Mauritius botanical garden is about 10 km North East of Port Louis and a 15 minute drive from the North coast. It’s well signposted off the highway.

Parking in the official car park is free.

Be careful…!  Their are some ‘”parking attendants” who promptly could direct you elsewhere for a fee.

 

Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style  Botanic Garden - Nature never goes out of style

 

Enough said, I’ll leave you for more discoveries in the oldest and most beautiful botanic garden of Mauritius.

 

Enjoy your time and excursions no matter where you are! You can also be in the nature in your immediate environment. Wherever you are, there is always something interesting to discover!

Because you know … “Nature never goes out of style!” 😉

 

Till next time

Katy

 

Pics by Daniell Bohnhof Photography
Text and Styling by Look2:ocean
 

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