A stroll among the flowers
The Summit Gardens in Vanuatu perch on a high 200 metres above sea level. With lush growth and brilliantly coloured flowers, it’s a great place for a leisurely wander. You’ll find urns, mosaic, statues and other items tucked amongst the greenery.
“The 11 named gardens, spread over 10 hectares, are all distinctly different, unfolding as a series of surprises as you follow the meandering pathways. The designs have been inspired by the great tropical gardens of Asia, Australia and America. What started off as a hobby to its owners back in 2000 became a driving ambition to create something beautiful that would showcase the beauty of Vanuatu and its people. The owners were assisted by a tropical landscape architect called Adam Ehlmann who was resident in Port Vila at the time. Adam departed Vanuatu in 2002 and the owners carried on themselves with the assistance of teams of very talented Ni-Vanuatu gardeners. The gardens were opened to the public on 1 November 2011.” (source)
Vibrant exotic flowers jump out of the myriad shades of green.
Clever pathways draw the walker into the gardens and pique curiosity about what’s around the corner or though the hedges or beyond the arch.
In one case, this is what’s around the corner:
I did a double take. “Do they know what that refers to?” I wondered. It turned out to be a wonderfully witty interpretation on a “position” that no missionary (or anyone else) would want to be in!
Being so high, the garden offers some fantastic views.
The progression of paths leads you (of course!) to the cafe and shop. You can have a light meal while looking out at the gardens, and treat yourself to an array of skin lotions and potions made with many natural ingredients sourced on the islands of Vanuatu. Products are available online, too.
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