The garden was first created in 1821 for growing coffee and cinnamon but in 1843 was established as a botanical garden with plants brought from Kew Garden in London, as well as plants from Colombo and Kalutara.
It includes more than 4000 species including spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
In fact, a couple asked us if we could take their picture here along the Avenue of Palms. It was a momentous occasion for them as they said they had taken the same picture 37 years earlier. Really would loved to have seen the comparison from then to now.
The garden is renowned for its collection of orchids.
And there is a Couroupita guianensis a/k/a Cannonball Tree planted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1901. Although I didn't see fruits on this one, there were others in the garden that were literally loaded.
Interestingly enough, it is grown for its ornamental aspect because of the lovely scented flowers and also has some medicinal benefits, but because the fruit has an unpleasant smell, it isnt eaten by humans but instead is left for wild animals to eat or fed to farm animals.
If you look at the tree above, you might think you are just seeing leaves, but there is another fascinating inhabitant of the gardens
These fruit bats a/k/a the Indian Flying Fox are one of the largest in the world and I find them completely amazing to watch.
As with all wild animals, its populations are threatened because of habitat destruction caused by urbanization and widening of roads. Thankfully, this colony is safe here in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya.
Much more to share but will save it for another post.
Have a marvelous Monday.