Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes. ~ Clare Ansberry
While the Chinese and Korean communities were celebrating the Lunar New Year, we found ourselves jaunting the highlands of Cebu City to escape the bustle in the metropolis and get ourselves an ounce of repose.
Together with some wonderful friends, we visited Terrazas de Flores – Cebu’s first ever botanical garden in terraces. Located in Barangay Malubog, Cebu City (900 meters from La Tegola, Busay), just across Malubog Integrated School.
This botanical garden started operating last October 1, 2016. Since then, it continuously draws the attention of many people from all walks of life.
With over 120 species of local flora that are arranged on a mountain slope to form a flower terraces, it’s impossible to leave the place without getting the dose of relaxation we needed.
In collaboration with the Department of Biology from University of San Carlos, the species and names of these local flowers were being identified, as well as its horticulture.
What’s more amazing is that these flowers are very common and are often ignored. We have seen most of them in the streets, in the wild, in our grandparent’s houses…but we did not really notice their beauty.
Could it be because they are meticulously arranged here? Or, it could be because they are well taken cared of by the local farmers whom the owner hired to tend the place.
Aside from the garden, the place also has a cafe where visitors can have a sip of their preferred beverages while enjoying the scenic surrounding.
From the cafe, one can see the view of the neighboring hills which are breathtaking.
You can also choose to stay in their beautiful cabanas while you enjoy watching the butterflies land from one flower to another.
Or, while you read your favorite book. 🙂
Or, just chitchat whith your friends. 🙂
Or, you can bring out your inner emo!?
Or, perform Yoga?! Why not, the place is quite and peaceful, not to mention the smell of the nature.
Everywhere here is so wonderful. You can’t help smiling and falling in love with it. Every corner is also picture perfect. You’ll love how the colors of the nature compliment each other.
Ace really had a great time practicing his phonetography, er, phone photography. He took over 50 photos of the flowers.
But of course, the whole gang did! We left the place feeling relaxed and ready to face the city life again. 🙂
The garden is open everyday from 7am to 8pm with 100 pesos entrance fee.
We hope you enjoyed our photo diary of the place.
‘Til our next escape.
Love, Ace and Demi.