The Tropical Spice Garden in Penang is more than just for spices. It is a mini botanical garden set in eight acres of secondary jungle with over 500 species of tropical plants in what was once an abandoned rubber plantation. The beautiful sloping site fronting the Straits of Malacca was developed to harmonise with the surroundings, which meant maintaining much of the original tropical flora. Existing rubber trees were left in place to provide shade to the new plantings as well as over the walkways. Water was diverted from a nearby waterfall to flow through the property as streams and into ponds, not only ensuring the soothing sound of water in many parts of the garden but also having a cooling effect.
The garden is organized into three trails; spice, ornamental and jungle, several garden rooms, a water garden, several terraces and walks. The spice trail features over 100 varieties of tropical spices and herbs used as flavourings, medicines, dyes and perfume. The ornamental trail features a collection of exotic flora including wild orchids and ferns among other plants. Mature rubber and rainforest trees shade the jungle trail. Little details such as stepping stones as a water crossing are an interesting feature when turning a corner, and well thought-out transition points from one area to another maintains the interest of visitors. Expertly-designed garden rooms display collections of aquatic plants, bamboos, colourful crotons, cycads, gingers, heliconias, orchids and rare palms, blending naturally from one display to another. Pavilions, gazebos, hammocks and wooden and stone benches positioned at strategic locations provide places to take a break and from which to admire the greenery and beauty.
Spice Garden attractions and activities include traditional and western music shows, traditional Malaysian cookery classes, a play area for young visitors, a dining space on a deck overlooking the Malacca Straights, a spice shop and special programmes to celebrate festivals and special events.
Many environmentally friendly and sustainable and socially responsible measures were implemented to make the project bear fruit. Team members are from the local community, all building materials were sourced from demolished buildings and antique shops in the area. Only organic fertiliser and integrated pest management methods are used. The garden supports small entrepreneurs in the area by doing business with them.
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