If you love the green sights and colourful flowers of Mauritius, you will enjoy the botanical garden of Pamplemousses a lot. A selection of the most special plants from Mauritius and elsewhere in the world are the decor of this very old garden.
History The official name of the garden is: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Botanical Garden. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was the first president of independent Mauritius. He was not the founder of the garden though. The garden was built in 1729 by a frenchman who called it Mon Plaisir (My joy). It was the first botanical garden of the southern hemisphere. In 1770 Frenchman Pierre Poivre planted trees and plant coming from all over the world. The garden has gone through good and tough times. It was even used as a nursery during the malaria epidemic of 1866.
The garden The garden is 37 hectares big, with paths everywhere, making it nice to walk through. A selection of the most special plants from Mauritius and elsewhere in the world are the decor of this very old garden. (the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere)
The Garden is home to more than 600 species of plants, among which, aquatic plants, collection of cosmopolitan palm trees and valuable timber trees. The ones that spark much curiosity are the Talipot palm from Ceylan, the Giant water lily from the West Indies and indigenous trees of the Mascarenes.
This enormous collection of rarest plants from around the world, as well as the species indigenous to Mauritius, is bound to impress even those who know plenty about botany.
Besides a wide variety of trees and plants, you will also find an old colonial castle called ‘Chateau Mon Plaisir’, a sugar mill and a farm with deer and turtles.
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