Tourist Trap Gardens

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Tourist Trap Gardens

Post by BeatRaven » Sun Dec 23, 2018 3:59 pm

I went to a couple on Kauai -bits of ga-ga exotica that are more about the gift shop then horticulture.

Places that display BulletPark's face in a red circle with a diagonal line through it at the entrance.

Busch Garden In Florida has got to be in the top 5. England is full of them. Pattaya boasts a deeply satisfying one:

http://www.nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/home/

Are you ever enticed?

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:09 pm

I posted pretty extensively about a funny "rain forest preserve" that I went to in China...
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:14 pm

Nobody does tourist traps like the Chinese. You aren't going to beat those guys or even come close.

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Post by BeatRaven » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:14 pm

Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore was a crassness pioneer that at least one in 4 PS people have seen the inside of.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:31 pm

Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island

They can't pronounce it but they line up by the thousands & thousands daily-the crowds have to be seen to be believed.
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Post by BeatRaven » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:39 pm

Gotta mention the Kugelhoff tulip gardens outside of Amsterdam. Probably the most crowded garden I've ever been in.

I think they have a sign up that says you must be at least 72 years old to ride this ride.

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Post by steveogolf » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:42 pm

There are different types of Tourist Traps: There are ones where the featured attraction is worthwhile but where there is too much emphasis on buying junk at the tourist shops and other concessions on the premises VS. the Tourist Traps where even the prime attraction is shit.
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Post by twodogs » Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:33 pm

Our favorite is https://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/home. The bus ride from Nice is spectacular and there are a couple of sand beaches nearby as well.
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Post by simon_in_exile » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:31 am

BeatRaven wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:39 pm
Gotta mention the Kugelhoff tulip gardens outside of Amsterdam. Probably the most crowded garden I've ever been in.

I think they have a sign up that says you must be at least 72 years old to ride this ride.
Keukenhof aka kitchen garden. I lived in Lisse, the town next door, for the first 3-4 years of my life, and have visited a few times since. It can be heaving but it’s incredibly seasonal - very easy to book a holiday and miss the show due to an early/late spring. Much better is to hire a bicycle and cycle from Haarlem to Leiden stations via the bulbfields (and past the Keukenhof is you’re masochistic), then take it back to Haarlem on the train.

Best botanical gardens for me: Singapore (the old one at the end of Orchard Road, plus Gardens in the Bay) are well worth visiting.
Kew Gardens in London is unmissable, founded by George Banks who sailed on Captain Cook’s expeditions, and it’s great for trees too.
Others of note that I’ve wandered around: Melbourne (also good for a run, along the river), Halgala in Sri Lanka, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa... actually quite a few more - I like communing with flora.
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Post by DCComic » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:52 am

Some people made brilliant gardens. Some other people like to visit them. You are becoming Wilde’s cynic.
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Post by section8 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:11 pm

Non-tourist trap garden in Hawaii worth checking out is Lyon arboretum in Honolulu. It’s in the back of Mānoa valley by the university. It’s huge, had a maze of hiking trails, Hawaiian cultural sites, waterfalls, etc. it was created as a place to test tropical plant species for suitability for local application. There’s hundreds of species, just about everything people would want to eat or plant in their yard grows there. Sections of it are managed but much of it has been let loose so you’ll be out hiking and stumble across a grove of jackfruit trees. The only people who go there are university folks and local retirees.
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