What's New at Rimba Ilmu
Intensive plantings of Malaysian rainforest trees in the garden.
Although routinely some
additions are made from time to time, we were able to begin, at the end of September
2001, planting out very special forest species donated to us for
establishing a special new Arboretum, as well as generally augment the
plantings in the Garden in a significant way. This work will continue
through 2002 and beyond, and starts off on the ground the Rimba Ilmu's Millenium Forest programme, through which we build one
of tomorrow's forests for Kuala
Lumpur. Our emphasis this year is to involve more
volunteers who can be contacted when we periodically handle large numbers
of new plantings: this calls for a willingness to get on with planting
Over 1200 trees of many
different species have already been planted out since the initiation of
this new effort, which is largely supported through the generosity of Mr J. Kingham.
Over 2004-2005 DHL
joined hands with Rimba Ilmu to establish a
special conservation collection of Malaysian forest trees. This was one of
the first interactions between the botanic garden and a private sector
company which is encouraging lasting interest in the Malaysian environment.
The collection has been established in an area near the northeastern part
of the Garden and a site by a slope overlooking a small stream has now been
planted with a special selection of Malaysian forest tree species. These
include both dipterocarps and non-dipterocarps,
from Peninsular Malaysia as well as Sabah and Sarawak.
Discover the grounds of the Rimba Ilmu,
which just passed its quarter-century mark. Get specially introduced to
medicinal plants, palms, citruses and their relatives and other special
tropical plant groups with Ms Angela Hijjas or Mr M. Sugumaran, who will lead these tours. This is
held on the FIRST SATURDAY of
every month, when not a Kuala
Lumpur public holiday (we are closed on public
holidays), and begins at 9.00 am, lasting 2-3 hours. Meet at the front of
the Rimba Ilmu Building.
Effective dates: 6 February, 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 3 July, 7 August, 4
September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.
New Plants Preview
Plants and Orchid Conservatory
A bed of Paphiopedilum barbatum
slipper orchids in the Conservatory.
(Photo: F. L. Tang)
Special tours of the Conservatory of
Rare Plants and Orchids will be held immediately after each Guided Garden
Walk (see above), time-permitting: Transport yourself into the world
of rare and endemic plants, and gain an insight into what causes their
rarity and how they may be specially endangered. This facility is not
normally open to the public as it caters mainly to research, and small
children may not be admitted when not properly supervised by
2003 Environmental Education Programmes
Our Environmental Education Programme is
targetted at one-day or half-day sessions for
school students. These are attended to by trained Nature Education Officers
and supported by specialist staff of the Rimba Ilmu
Botanic Garden. Call
or email Mr Low Yee Wen
or Mr Shan early to confirm: 03-79674690 or email
A view of the Courtyard
of the Rimba
across from where the Herbarium is located.
(Photo: K. M. Wong)
Please note our opening hours and that we
are closed on Saturdays (except for first Saturdays), Sundays and Public Holidays (Federal Territory).