In this section we recount, through photographs, a bit of the history and special events of the Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden in the past.
21.jpg (25529 bytes) Her Majesty The Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen) of Malaysia, then the Sultanah of Kedah and in her capacity as the Chancellor of the University, with Professor W.R. Stanton (then Head of the Botany Department) after the ceremonial planting of Citrus halimii, a species of citrus named after her husband, His Majesty Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong of Malaysia. (25 August 1974)

Photo: University of Malaya Archives

See also 
Note on The Sultanah of Kedah
Note on Professor Stanton

The official opening of the Rimba Ilmu, on 25 August 1974, 
was an eventful occasion, including the encumberment of one 
of the landrovers in the official entourage in the new location 
being carved out for the Garden.
Photo: University of Malaya Archives


September 1986: His Royal Highness The Sultan of Perak, 
Sultan Azlan Shah (foreground) visits the Rimba Ilmu. He was 
accompanied by (from left) Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Dato' 
Ahmad Nawawi, Royal Prof Ungku Aziz (the University's Vice 
Chancellor then), Prof A.J. Kuthubutheen (second from right) 
and Prof Muhamad Zakaria (right).
Photo: University of Malaya Archives

His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Shah, the University's 
Chancellor, introduced to the work of the Rimba Ilmu 
by Prof Dato' Dr Ahmad Nawawi (left) and Royal Prof 
Ungku Aziz (right) during the royal visit of September 1986. 
This picture was taken at the original Rimba Ilmu office, now 
turned into the Environmental Education Programme 
Activity Centre.
Photo: University of Malaya Archives

On 1 December 1997, the new Rimba Ilmu Building 
is ready and declared open by Y.B.The Minister of Education 
then, Dato' Mohd. Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak.
Photo: I.S. Shanmugaraj

For the first time, all of the key reference collections 
for plant sciences in the University of Malaya (the main 
herbarium with pteridophyte and seed-plant holdings, 
the bryophyte herbarium, and the seaweed reference holdings) 
are housed within a single facility in the Rimba Ilmu Building.
Photo: I.S. Shanmugaraj

3 March 2000: The then Vice Chancellor, Tan Sri 
Dato' Dr Hj Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad (left) officially opened 
the Conservatory of Rare Plants and Orchids at the same time 
he inaugurated the new premises for the KLU Herbarium.
Photo: I.S. Shanmugaraj
See also 
Note on Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi

His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Shah (left), 
with Her Royal Highness The Raja Perempuan of Perak, 
returned to the Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden on 1 August 2000, 
during the annual Academic Report of the then
Vice Chancellor (Prof Dato' Dr Anuar Zaini Mohd. Zain, right).
Photo: I.S. Shanmugaraj

This special exhibition visited Kuala Lumpur 
and the state of Kelantan in July-September 2001, 
as one of the Rimba Ilmu's "outreach" highlights 
for the new Millenium, emphasizing the value of rain forests.
Photo: IS Shanmugaraj
For more pictures and information, click on this:
Rain Forest for Health Exhibition