Kandawgyi Botanical Garden

One of the historical places is the Kandawgyi Botanical Garden which was founded in 1915-16 by Mr. Roger, a British botanist who began collecting local plants and trees which he cultivated on 30 acres of land at the present site. It was officially sanctioned by the government in 1919. Spread over 240 acres, the original botanical garden consisted of 170 acres of land and 70 acres of water and was supplied by a constant flow of spring water from the lake nearby. The layout of the garden was based on the design of the Kew Gardens in England. In 1920, the Forest Department declared the Botanical Garden a forest reserve and brought it under the jurisdiction of the Department. 4,840 trees, mostly pine varieties, 575 different floral species and many exotic fruit trees were planted here. Vast meadows and several seasonal flower beds were arranged and hundreds of wild orchids from different parts of the country were collected and displayed in the Orchid Green House within the garden. With its vast collection of exotic flora, the garden earned fame as a world class botanical garden.

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