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