Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Thu, Feb 10th 2011, 22:52

Are you thinking of what to do while on holiday in the Seychelles- A visit to the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens ...

Seychelles National Botanical Garden

Located less than 1km from the Capital of the Seychelles Victoria the Seychelles National Botanical gardens is a must do day outing when on holiday in Seychelles.
The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens cover a total area of 6 hectares and are home to approximately 500 different species of exotic and native plants as well as an abundance of exciting insects, reptiles and birds.
The Gardens were established in 1901 by the Director Of Agricultural Services -Paul Dupont.Paul travelled extensively and brought back to the Seychelles a collection of the worlds most valuable fruit trees, spices, palms and ornamentals. 

When wondering through the gardens do be on the lookout for the following:

Seychelles Birds such as Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Blue pigeon and Seychelles Tropic bird.

Seychelles coco de mer
The best attraction of all is the close encounter with the world famous Palm Tree the Coco de mer. In 1956  the Duke of Edinburg planted the most fruitful Coco de mer palm in the Seychelles National Botanical Garden. It has been reported in the past that this female Coco de mer plant has had over 70 nuts growing at the same time!

Enjoy the amazing collection of palms with about 50 different palm species with the majority classified as "Endangered". The exotic palms originate from North and South America right across to Australasia and the Far East Asia.

Giant Tortoises can also be found in the Seychelles National Botanical gardens. The tortoises orignate from the world heritage site of Aldabra which is one of the 115 different islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago.

Enjoy the wonderful array and aroma from the collection of fruit trees which includes Star fruit, Mango, Guava, Lychees (Rambuttan), Jamblon, Durian, Breadfruit and Jackfruit.

Other important trees within the garden include Nutmeg, Vanilla, Clove, Cocoa, Cola trees, Sugarcane, Rubber and Kapok trees (ancient filling material used in bedding and upholstery).

The most prominent plants of the garden are the Rose of Venezuela, Pride of Barbados, Traveller's Palm and Ylang-Ylang.

The Orchid House displays a collection of exotic and a few endemic orchids which are cared for daily.

Do enjoy walking through the upper part of the garden which is covered by a rain forest and supports a very diverse range of plants and small creatures including fruit bats.

The Seychelles National Botanical Garden has two monuments :

1. The Stone Seat Monument, dedicated to Mr. Paul Dupont and British entomologist Mr. Desmond Vesey   -Fiztgerald.(1933).
2. The Japan-Seychelles Friendship Monument, contribution of Seychelles Pavilion at the Osaka Expo' (1990).
And of more recent: Mr. George Harrison from 'The Beatles' planted a rare endemic tree in December 2000.

The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens main aim is to contribute towards the national effort in environmental education, plant conservation, landscape management and eco tourism.

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