June 8, 2009 – Day 7: Kunming Botanical Garden and World Horticulture Expo- Garden

Our visit to the Kunming Botanical Garden started off with a warm welcome from executive director Dr. Wei- Bang Sun and his staff. After a quick set of introductions, they treated our group to an overview of  Kunming Botanical Garden’s history, and its mission of research, conservation and public education of the flora of the Yunnan Province. Established in 1938, Kunming Botanical Garden has had a long history of research on the native flora of China, with a particular interest in both rhododendrons and camellias. The garden’s three main areas of research are rhododendrons, endemic plants to the Yunnan Province, and economic plants. Kunming Botanical Garden is comprised of 44 hectares with over 6,000 taxa of plants. Some of the main collections we were able to tour were rhododendrons, camellias, a 1,000-taxa medicinal plant garden, and the only rock garden in China.

LGP group and Kunming Botanical Garden staff in China's only rock garden.

LGP group and Kunming Botanical Garden staff in China's only rock garden.

LGP presentation to Kunming Botanical Garden staff.

LGP presentation to Kunming Botanical Garden staff.

Kunming Botanical Garden staff attempting to translate a complicated sign into english.

Kunming Botanical Garden staff attempting to translate a complicated sign into English.

Water garden at Kunming Botanical Garden.

Water garden at Kunming Botanical Garden.

After lunch we embarked on a short tour of the World Horticulture Expo-Garden in Kunming. Opened to the public in 1999, the Expo- Garden has many beautiful displays of annual color, including unique topiaries that were placed throughout the garden’s grounds.  A few particularly impressive spots were the bonsai garden, flower avenue, medicinal herb garden, and a bamboo garden.

Flower Avenue at World Horticulture Expo Garden

Flower Avenue at World Horticulture Expo Garden

Intensive color change out by World Horticulture Expo Staff.

Intensive color change-out by World Horticulture Expo Staff.

D. Stern monkeying around.

D. Stern monkeying around.

Yellow Musa flower in Medicinal Plant Garden.

Yellow Musa flower in Medicinal Plant Garden.

2 thoughts on “June 8, 2009 – Day 7: Kunming Botanical Garden and World Horticulture Expo- Garden

  1. Dr M. Ahmedullah

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