The Philippines’ first botanical garden in terraces has just opened!
Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden boasts its beautiful flower terraces, which are comprised of over 120 species of Cebu’s very own flora. Oftentimes, these flowers are overlooked and ignored because we are used to seeing them everywhere here in Cebu. But, this time, they’re taking the spotlight.
The garden opened its gate last October 1, 2016. Since then, it has gained the attention of people who are always on the lookout of new attractions in Cebu, including myself.
From the Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden Facebook page:
Terrazas de Flores is a flower garden where local flowers are meticulously arranged on a mountain slope to form flower terraces. The whole idea was conceptualized by a Cebuano father who owns a two-hectare parcel of land in Malubog, Cebu City and developed it into a flower garden where he and his three children could bond. For the owner, the creation of the garden was an expression of his love for his children. With a land area of two hectares, the first half developed into what now is Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden, the owner decided to share his garden to the public for the Filipinos and foreign tourists to experience the beauty and emotion of a true blue Cebuano garden. To date, Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden has over one hundred twenty seven species of Cebu’s local flowers.
The cafe is located at the top, overlooking the flower terraces. We ordered tuna and clubhouses sandwiches, which were delicious and very affordable. While eating our brunch, we learned that the baristas are actually the daughters of the flower farmers. I think it’s very nice of the owner to provide livelihood for them as well.
This new tourist attraction didn’t just magically appear out of nowhere. It’s not a rush job at all. It took several years to develop the meticulously designed botanical garden. They were supposed to open the place to the public last summer, but due to the dry season affecting the colors of the flowers, they decided to postpone it to earlier this month because the owner wanted everything to be perfect. And it is indeed perfect. From the arrangement of the flowers, to the location of the cafe, the comfortable viewing decks that even had their own speakers so visitors can listen to music, and even the tiniest details we had noticed, everything looked well-thought-out.
While I may have not seen anything new when it comes to the flowers, I did learn a couple of things like, how certain types of butterflies only get attracted to certain types of flowers and how the flowers have a brighter color during the morning.
In the garden, you’ll see butterflies of different colors and sizes, as well as nectar-feeding birds.
I definitely liked the place. It’s so pretty in every angle!
There is a garden fee of Php 100, which you will pay at the cafe.
Yes. There are two parking areas.
The drive to the botanical garden from JY Square Lahug takes about 20 minutes. It is located along Transcentral Highway, 900 meters from La Tegola, Busay. You’ll find the garden gate across Malubog Integrated School. It’s on the left side if you’re coming from Cebu City, and on right side if you’re coming from Balamban.
The garden is open daily from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
For more information, please visit Terrazas de Flores Botanical Garden on Facebook.