Lloyd Botanical Garden, Dargeeling (West Bengal)


Lesson 03:Landscape Gardens In India

Lloyd Botanical Garden, Dargeeling (West Bengal)

Green House

  • This garden is situated at an altitude of about 2,100 meters in the midst of the Himalayas.
  • Spreads over an area of 24 hectares provided with beautiful terraces and metalled approach roads
  • This garden was established in 1878 and laid out under the supervision of sir George king, the then superintendent of the Royal Botanic Garden, (now Indian Botanic Garden) Calcutta on a piece of land donated by William Lloyd.
  • It is one of the most picturesque botanic gardens of India.

The important sections of the garden are:

  • Upper indigenous section consisting of dominant species of the eastern as well as of the western Himalayas and Burma.

Pergola for shade

  • A central or middle section containing coniferous plants
  • A miscellaneous section predominantly occupied by species from the eastern Himalayas and other parts of India and abroad
  • The lower exotic section with plants mainly from the temperate regions of the world.
  • Two large green houses housing about 2,500 orchids of different species.
  • Student’s garden consists of the Sikkim Himalaya flora, arranged family wise.
  • Cacti and other succulents in a greenhouse.
  • The bulbous section, rosary, rare collection of exotic conifers.
  • The aquatic garden in two pools consisting of species of nymphaeaceae and other submerged acquatics.
  • The most interesting plant in the garden is the Dawn Redwood, only species of plant having both fossil record and living plant.
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