Bali Botanic Garden

(written by Abby Johnson, photographs by Nate Tschaenn)

Approximately 1300 meters above sea level is one of Indonesia’s many wonderful treasures. Bali Botanic Garden, lives up to its slogan, “culture and conservation in harmony.” The garden’s diverse collection of medicinal, ceremonial, and conservation plants reflect the pride of Bali.  The lush green landscape is lined with bishop’s wood echoed by tree ferns and an extensive palm collection. Other delightfully engaging features include collections of over 250 magnificent species of orchids, over 200 glorious species of begonias, and 2 hectares of trees ferns. These collections along with others include plants found in the wild of Indonesia as well as propagated species. Conservation efforts are desperately needed to preserve the tree ferns. Tree ferns are often cut for use as a medium to grow orchids.

Dr. Adji touring fellows through the gardens


Bali Botanic garden opened in 1959 but was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1963. Today, about fifty centimeters of volcanic ash contributes to the rich soil mixture. The diverse population of plant life is thriving. 10% of the world’s orchid population grows in Indonesia.


Group shot in front of a giant statue depicting the Hindu legend of the epic battle between Kumbakarna Laga and a monkey army.

Our gracious guides, Dr. Adije and Mr. Wede,  re-introduced us to familiar plants from an edible perspective, like eating the new leaves of athyriums. The most coveted sighting in the garden was the amorphophallus, the largest unbranched inflorescence. Certain species have edible bulbs. Our guides also highlighted plants that offer premium prices on the market like Ratan, which grows wild here in Bali!

 Under the shade cloth of the orchid garden.

The garden composts all possible natural materials and rubbish from the garden. Three months later, the outcome is healthy organic compost used in the onsite nursery as well as compost sold to local farmers and residents.


Some of the hybrid begonias in the garden's extensive begonia collection


Overall our visit to beautiful Bali Botanic Garden was educational and inspiring. We recommend you visit Bali botanic garden too!

Group shot in the begonia garden.

2 thoughts on “Bali Botanic Garden

  1. Hey everybody,
    Hard to believe you’ve been gone a week and a half already. I have enjoyed the blog, but the pictures are what I look forward to seeing. I look forward to more when you get back. Safe travels and see you next week!

  2. Wow – I’m glad to see you are still enjoying the lush tropics! Hope all is going as well on the second leg of the trip, as it did on the first. Miss you guys! Can’t wait to hear all the details when you come back next week. Keep up the great work on the blog! – Sharon

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