I've been having so much fun searching for public gardens all over the world, and I hope you all like, them, too. Our last adventure was in Thailand, where we were shocked and awed. Today we're dialing it back a bit and visiting a downright relaxing garden in China. The Kunming Botanical Garden is in the Yunnan province of southern China, just north of Laos and Vietnam. It was founded in 1938 and is a hub of plant conservation and research. It's affiliated with the Kunming Institute of Botany under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. There are over 100 acres in cultivation, and the garden boasts more than 49,000 species and cultivars! Everything you see in these photos is maintained by a permanent staff of about 60 gardeners, plus students and volunteers. So those are the facts, but isn't the garden lovely? I would love to stroll those pathways and rest for a bit in that beautiful pavilion.
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