This past Monday, I decided to get away from the city for a day trip to Aburi Botanical Garden. It’s only an hour or so out of the city and it’s an easy tro-tro ride up a beautiful hillside road with spectacular views on the sprawling city from above. The tro-tro let me off only two hundred metres from the front door of the garden so it was just a quick walk into this amazing place.
The first thing you see when you enter the gardens are two rows of tall palm trees on either side of the road. I’ve never been to Hollywood, but it felt like something out of the movies! Each palm tree had beautiful patterns of lichen on the trunk of the tree. I know it’s cheesy to say but it’s true that nature is the original artist. I took a bunch of photos of the different patterns, which are probably boring to most people so I stuck them at the bottom of this post, if you’re interested.
The garden is quite old, dating back to the late 1800s. It was originally developed by the British but now it’s a popular tourist location as well as the home of botanical research and a school of horticulture. The garden itself is divided into different ‘lawns’, which each host different trees, vines, flowers, and bushes from Ghana and indeed from all over the world.
The town of Aburi is up on a hill and the garden is even higher than that, leading to a mystical feel to the entire place since it’s very quiet and peaceful and there’s always a little breeze. When I visited on Monday, it was raining lightly, which was a bit unfortunate for my hair but resulted in some pretty photographs of flowers with droplets on them.