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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Guided Tour of the Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama on 3rd Jan 2016

1. Calliandra surinamensis - Pink Powder Puff, Pink Tassel Flower
Happy New Year 2016!

The Free Guided Tours at the Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama are back again.

Since June 2015, I have been working as a Garden Guide here on the first Sunday of every month.
Free Guided Tours of the Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama are provided on the first weekend of every month . The following are the planned dates for first half of 2016:
2nd and 3rd Jan 
13th and 14th Feb
5th and 6th Mar
2nd and 3rd Apr
1st and 2nd May
4th and 5th Jun

Time: 11:00 am to 12:00pm

Here are some photos taken during the guided tour on 3rd January 2016. 

2. Tapeinochilos ananassae - Indonesian Wax Ginger

This species is also known as the Indonesian Wax Ginger, Pineapple Ginger, Red Wax Ginger and Giant Spiral Ginger. It is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. The plant thrives in shade and loves moist soil and humid environment. The flowers are yellow while the bracts are bright red. The flower spikes arises directly from the ground from an underground rhizome. The leaves are spirally arranged around a curvy bamboo-like stem. The flowers are pollinated by sunbirds. 

To join the Free Guided Tours, all you have to do is to come on the designated dates
and register at the guard house at Upper Roof, the entrance to the Secret Garden.

“Guided Tour of the Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama on 3rd Jan 2016”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @

3. Gardenia sp
These flowers open white and turn to yellow the next day before they fade off.

4. Acalypha hispida - Cattail Plant

5. Schaueria flauvicoma - Golden Plume

6. Calathea loesneri - Brazilian Star Calathea

7. Osmoxylon lineare

8. Duranta erecta

9. Asytasia gangetica

10. Clerodendrum incisum - Do-re-mi Flower

11. Hibiscus sabdariffa - Roselle

12. Brunfelsia grandiflora - Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow

13. Guzmania lingulata

14. Tacca chantrieri

15. Torenia fournieri
The common flower colours are blue, purple and pink. Yellow is quite an uncommon colour.

16. Angelonia salicariifolia

17. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

18. Coffea liberica

19. Pentas lanceloate - Egyptian Stars

20. Hymenocallis speciosa - Spider Lily

21. Coffea arabica 

22. - Coffea robusta

23. Ruelia rosea - Brazilian Torch

24. Alocasia sanderiana - African Mask

25. Thunbergia grandiflora - Bengal Clock Vine, Skyflower, Blue Trumpet Vine

26. Morus alba - Mulberry

27. Oryza sativa - Rice/Paddy

28. Clerodendrum calamitosum - White Butterfly

29. Crinum asiaticum - Asian Crinum Lily

30. Musa gracilis
Musa gracilis is short and slender. This wild banana plant is native to and endemic Peninsular Malaysia.

31. Begonia microsperma

32. Holmskioldia sanguinea - Chinese Hat

33. Cissus nodosa
Do enjoy the photos. The garden is blooming!

May you have a wonderful year ahead!


  1. That's wonderful collection of plants! I like cat tail plant! it's very difficult to be seen nowadays!

    1. Malar, do visit the Secret Garden when you have time. The cattail plant is also a favourite among kids!

  2. Happy New Year! I wish I could visit the rooftop garden! I will have to visit virtually through your blog--thanks! That Do-Re-Mi plant is interesting. I grew Angelonias and Pentas in my garden for the first time this past summer--they are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing this stunning place!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the flowers. I plan to update this blog with what's blooming there every month.

  3. Fabulous flowers....many I have never seen. But I think I really like 9 and 10. Happy New Year and I also would love to tour this garden especially with you as the guide.

    1. Happy New Year to you too Donna! Hope to see you here one day! There are close to 600 species of plants in this rooftop garden.


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