Check out these two images of the Penang Botanic Garden – and spot the difference between fantasy and reality.
Visit our wonderful parks and gardens… says the Ministry of Tourism, in an ad which appeared in The Star yesterday.
But then… the condition and state of the pond and lilies now is, to put it mildly, less than appealing, indicating either little care or little expertise – or both. The photo below was taken this morning.
Thanks to those who supplied me with the images.
Blog reader QuercusBen tells me the first picture above was taken immediately following the launch of the Amazon lilies. “That’s why it is pretty.”
In another development, an activist informed me that the Garden management is carrying out a project near the Rifle Club. If this is true, then it is worrying. Why? Because the Penang Botanic Garden Special Area Plan is now in the process of being prepared; so all major projects should be put on hold until the SAP is ready (to make sure all new projects comply with it).
Or is this project being dictated by a funding allocation that must be used up or be forfeited? If that’s the case, then it is not the proper approach – as past fiascos at the Garden should have taught us by now.
Update: QuercusBen tweets that the project next to the Rifle Club is for an “economic plants gardens” – plants that have contributed immensely to the Malaysian economy. Unfortunately, he adds, there have been “no plan, no consultation, no experts. just armchair planning”. He alleges that Class F contractors have been appointed for the job. “Even within the gardens, the units don’t consult for advice on what to plant.”