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by : BTF

As I Wander...

Living in tropical Malaysia, we tend to take the hot humid weather, thundery rainstorms and the spectrum of wild evergreen plants as a given.

Recently, I noticed more exotic plants making its way into landscaped home gardens, recreational parks, frontages of shopping malls and
commercial buildings.

Along kerb sides of residential streets and busy motorways, palms, trees and flowering plants make pleasant and interesting fringes.

This is a record of the various species "as I see it" for I am in awe of palms. Hence, my premise for this blog is that the global garden,
i.e. every physical garden (tended or untended), becomes a part of my, simply said, cyber palm garden. ;-)

Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Scenic KLCC Park

Decided the night before (after a heavy downpour), that this morning would be best to see some refreshing greens at a public park after a seasonally hot and dry week. Procrastination had been keeping me off this project and it's time to jump start the engine again...

Diligently joined the morning rush hour passengers to KLCC from Masjid Jamek LRT station.  It's a convenient 3 stop ride even though it's standing room only. For me, just wanted to be there bright and early, much cooler too!
The famous Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) mega development houses the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the exquisitely posh Suria Mall.  Adjoining, is an amazingly serene green lung designed to soften the masses of cold hard steel and concrete. Such a delightful area of peaceful calm, filled with chirpy bird calls, gentle rolling greens merged with a man-made lake, a wading pool and an enormous children's playground.

Designed by renowned Brazilian landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994), the 20 hectare park was aimed to "leave the world a little more sensitive and a little more educated to the importance of nature".  Amongst the nearly 1900 indignenous trees, 66 species of palms (yes!) were planted to encourage bio-diversity as well as selected tree species to attract local and migratory birds.

jogging track


Obviously, need more than a couple of visits to appreciate this park in general and the many palm species in particular.  Some are new to me and found it really exciting to have seen them here.
Pity, all the palms were not named on signposts, only some specific indigenous trees been tagged with that information.

More info via this link KLCC Park.


  1. Roberto Burle Marx is kind of a hero of mine, and the park looks stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Rainforest Gardener,
    Thanks and great to hear from you! Actually, my pics not quite justify the beautiful topology. Besides the undulating grounds, there's the symphony fountain - not switched on yet that morning. Understood this park among the last of R.B.Marx's art/work! :)

  3. Hi rohrerbot!
    Thank you! Good to hear from you too and glad you liked it. I hope to share more photos of the park and the palms, in the coming days. :)