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“THE SECRET GARDEN” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Botanic Garden Ubud

Botanic Garden Ubud
Kutuh Kaja, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
+62 (361) 970951
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Ranked #33 of 39 Attractions in Ubud
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Ubud
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“THE SECRET GARDEN”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Having spent a considerable amount of time in Ubud over the past 12 years having stumbled accross the Botanical gardens only yesterday, I felt a little amiss for not giving my support sooner. I can understand the comments from those of you living in countries where governments fund beautifully manicured gardens, that you may see a visit to these magical gardens not up to expectation: which I would understand if you were expecting something akin to back home. But I saw beyond the overgrown vines and structures that needed to attention to the absolutely amazing vision of one man who made it the last of his lifes work to create a sanctuary of beauty and unending whimsy. I felt like I had entered the secret garden.and I am urging every one here to be like Peter and the children of the Secret Garden, see its beauty, support it by paying the Rp,50,000 entrance fee and bring it back to life.. It is amazing with meditation nooks, a labarinth, a persian garden, yes all in need of TLC, but remember this is not a government funded project, what we see is the struggling attempt of the founders widow trying to hold fast to her husbands vision and what an amazing vision it was. It is a huge property and was obviously beyond her financial capabilities to maintain thus a new investor has come to its rescue also wanting to pay tribute to the passion of its founder. I understand this property will benefit by an injection of capital but do miss the chance to view as The Secret Garden with its winding paths and hidden but beautiful rooms. Stop complaining,you are not in the GARDEN STATE now, that these gardens even exist is a miracle. Pay the 50,000, mind your step, go for a walk and those of you who can connect to the beauty in your souls will be glad you did....

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“Derelict and downright dangerous”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

This place must be avoided in Ubud. It is completely derelict and downright dangerous: the paths are slippery, there are no guard rails at very dangerous places and the toilets are disgusting. In addition, a map provided of the property showed a cafe, but it was completely pulled down! Despite being very careful, I slipped and hurt myself, jarring my neck! What added insult to injury was my partner and I paying 50,000 Rp each to enter. It is a disgrace that it still operates. Action needs to be taken immediately to shut the place down.

NOTE: The website is a complete misrepresentation of the place. It may have looked like that when it was set up - but whoever owns it now clearly has done nothing to maintain it.

Visited December 2012
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“Waste of time and money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Rp 50,000 for a rundown overgrown garden. Very disappointing.
1/4 and well-kept would be better. There was nowhere to sit and enjoy, and the front desk offered us mozzie repellent. Depressing!

Visited October 2012
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“Needs major work”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Place needs some major work and a lot of the gardens are over grown. But if you're looking to buy an orchid it's has lots.

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“Don't expect manicured gardens”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Don't expect manicured gardens and too much info, some areas look quite overgrown and not really looked after.

Instead, use your sense of adventure and treat this as a walk in a jungle with a nice path. It feels quite remote in places, and a couple of areas are dedicated to meditation.

Pleasant enough but quite expensive at Rp50k.

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