Sem­mozhi Poonga

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

This ex­pan­sive botan­i­cal gar­den took the spot of the pop­u­lar city res­tau­rant, Wood­lands drive- in in 2010. It has since then be­come a highly pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies, jog­gers and young­sters who throng this pic­turesque spot in the early morn­ings and evenings. Lo­cated on the busy Cathe­dral Road, this gar­den spans an area of 20 acres and houses over 500 species of plants, many of them aro­matic, medic­i­nal herbs im­ported from China and Thai­land.

An ideal pic­nic spot, there are few smaller gar­dens inside in­clud­ing a tree court, mu­ral walk, an ar­ti­fi­cial duck pond, but­ter­fly gar­den, fern gar­den and even a small cas­cade. While there, look out for spi­ral- shaped and multi­branched minia­ture trees grown in con­tain­ers, the ver­ti­cal gar­den with its in- built ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and the breath­tak­ing blooms of Kr­ish­na­gandha.

The botan­i­cal gar­den, which was set up by the Hor­ti­cul­ture Depart­ment of the DMK Gov­ern­ment, also has an open air venue where cul­tural events and func­tions are or­gan­ised. The gar­den is closed on Tuesdays but is open from 10 am to 8 pm through the rest of the week. At Near Gemini Fly­over, Cathe­dral Road, Tey­nam­pet Tel 28110077

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