A Feast of Flowers - Beijing Botanical Garden2016-07-25 10:35:04Share:
Lying in the foot of the Western Hill at Haidian District, Beijing Botanical Garden has by tradition been engaged in the conservation of the native flora, especially plants from northern, northeastern and northwestern China. A Feast of Flowers - Beijing Botanical Garden.
Excellent displays are made monthly in the main conservatory, penjing (bonsai) garden, the arboretum and 14 outdoor gardens: tree-peony garden, peony garden, rose garden, ornamental peach garden, lilac garden, crabapple-contoneaster garden, magnolia garden, fall color garden, perennial garden, bamboo garden and mume flower garden. There are more than 4 million visitors every year from domestic and oversea.
Several gardens are very outstanding in China because the selective collections are the best sites for research and education. Most gardens are also very instructive for local people to understand botany and horticulture. Actually, every garden is excellent if you are interested in the collection.
Further Reading: Peach Blossoms at Beijing Botanical Garden
About 700 rose Cultivars are grown in the rose garden, covering an area of 7 ha. With a European style, a hidden fountain and a cascade make an open theatre with hybrid tea roses, miniature roses, antique roses and wild roses along the pathway.
Ornamental peach is very decorative by Chinese tradition. The ornamental peach Garden was completed at the beginning of 1980’s. covering an area of 3.4 ha, 70 cultivars are collected at present. Flowering plum，forsythia and cherries sent by Japanese friends can be found in the garden too. Rich multicolored flowers cover the entire hillside during blooming spring. A new breeding program is carried on for cultivars with new color and early blossom.
China is believed to keep the most species of lilac in the world. Lilac has long been grown as one of the ornamental plants. The lilac garden, covering an area of 3.5 ha, was first completed in the end of 1950’s and then extended at the beginning of 1980’s. 22 species and cultivars of lilac are collected here currently.
The blooming time may last 6 weeks depending on different varieties. We are hunting new cultivars from North America & Europe and looking forward to financial support for the project.
The arboretum is also a highlight in the garden. It is composed of conifers, maples, poplars, magnolias and many other tree species. The woods make much relaxation and comfort for visitors. It is also one of biggest conifer collection in China.
Built in May, 1993, the rose garden is covering an area of 7 hectares. The garden has a collection of 100,000 roses and over 1,000 cultivars.
It is a large-scale rose garden that integrates display, scientific research and education. Gathered in the garden are different types of roses such as original species, heritage and modern roses, each grown in a special area.
In the exhibition section of the heritage roses, original species, varieties and ancient cultivars are on display following the evolutionary course.
In the display area of modern roses, hybrid tea rose, floribunda rose, climbing rose, ground cover rose, miniature rose and shrub rose are being exhibited according to the categorization system of modern roses. In the sunken garden, different cultivars of floribunda roses are grown according to the various color. When the flowers are in bloom, the garden is a riot of colors and the scene is magnificent.
The blossom appreciation period of rose is from May to November every year. During this period, the roses are in full bloom with graceful postures and sweet perfume, rendering visitors reluctant to leave.
How to Get There
Take bus 360, 318, 505, 630, 698, 714, Yuntong 112, and get off at Zhiwuyuan Station;
Take bus 331, 505, 563 and Yuntong 112 to Zhiwuyuan South Gate.
Subway Line 1: get off at Guzhen Subway Station, and then transfer to bus 318.
Subway Line 2: get off at Xizhimen Station and out from Exit D. Then transfer to bus 563.
Subway Line 4: get off at Beigongmen Station, get out of the station and then transfer to bus 331, 696, 563.
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