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Victoria Regias. Buitenzorg Botanical Gardens.
Within the confines of the Botanical Gardens stands the palace of the Governor-General, the large white building crowned with a cupola peeping gracefully through its green setting. Well laid out grounds surround the Palace extending into a fine park, wherein a large number of deer disport themselves on the vividly green sward. Entering the Gardens by the main gate near the Chinese quarter, the visitor finds himself in the wonderful avenue of ) Kanari trees. The roadway, some twenty feet in width, is lined on either side with these great forest monarchs, whose trunks are almost entirely hidden with climbing plants, which hang in graceful festoons eighty to ninety feet in the air, enlivened here and there by beautiful orchids, bird-nest ferns and staghorns. The branches, a hundred feet overhead interlace, forming a grand natural aisle through which the sun rays shine, softened and subdued. Walking onward, a small artificial lake comes into view with tiny islets, apparently floating upon its calm waters which, on closer inspection, prove to be huge lotus flowers and Victoria Regias. Rising from a small island is noticeable a group of curious looking palms, their crimson-stained stems contrasting strangely with the brilliant green of their leaves. In the background is visible the Palace of the Governor-General. Access to the private grounds is provided by means of a small rustic bridge.
Many pleasant walks radiate in all directions amidst thick groves of magnificent trees, palms, feathery bamboos and forest growths of every description. Here the visitor may wander along winding paths in solitude ; at every turn he is attracted by strange novel plants and tropical fruits. Lovely blooms are espied high in the thick foliage, elegant bamboos, silhouetted against the sky, delicate ferns, overshadowed by graceful palms, and the gentle murmur of distant rivulets comes faintly to the ear. A picturesque stream a t he T j i 1 i w o e n ga flows through the gardens, its rocky bed causing the water to break into miniature foaming cascades. Crossing the iron
The Pond, Botanical Gardens, Buitenzorg.