The Kyoto Botanical Garden was open in 1924 and covers about 60 acres. It is one of the foremost botanical gardens in Japan. The garden has around 12,000 species of plants and greets some 700,000 visitors annually. It is open year-round, and the attractions obviously vary according to the seasons. The garden features an impressive Conservatory with several different growing environments for a vast range of plants from all over the world. In March, when this visit took place, the Conservatory was THE main attraction, although there was a flower show at that time as well. Being a botanical garden meant that plants were labeled and so easier to identify. Finally, it has to be said that this garden DOES have a lawn, a ‘green space to relax in’ as per the garden brochure.
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WORKS OF ART
The garden would not have been complete without a section on bonsai trees.
THE TREES (the supported or protected ones)
THE OTHER TREES
GROUND PLANTS, FLOWERS
THE FLOWER SHOW
This is an annual event taking place in March. It was set up in a temporary greenhouse and had more visitors than the gardens outside. Some labels were in Japanese only. It was interesting to see that many of those flowers are popular with western gardeners.