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Thimphu: Botanical Garden at Serbithang
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The botanical gardens in Serbithang, about 15 kilometres from Thimphu, is becoming a popular weekend spot for Thimphu residents who want to get away from the city. On the weekends, the garden is taken over by families on picnic, couples strolling arm in arm, and children playing around on the lawns. Sometimes there are loners who go to the viewpoint from where the hill drops sharply. From this point one can catch the afternoon breeze, see the Thimphu chu and farmers working in the fields below and the rising hills in the distance.

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The royal botanical garden at Serbithang

The 29-acre garden which was established in 1999 and inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, to commemorate the silver jubilee of His Majesty's coronation is still being developed.
According to the project manager of the garden, the actual planting of plants and trees started a year later, in 2000. The 29-acre garden has been managed by just nine people.

But the garden has an exchange programme with a botanical garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, which should help upgrade the knowledge and skills in the development and management of the garden. The purpose of a botanical garden is not just to amuse people, but that it serves a greater purpose of educating, conserving and researching. A botanical garden has plants bearing the records of where it was collected from, who collected it and when it was collected. Therefore, the most important and interesting aspect of a botanical garden is its educational impact.

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