Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Roberto Burle Marx garden in Kuala Lumpur

 
 
 
 

The Picasso of landscape architecture, Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) designed the Central Park of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)shortly before he died.

Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian, created gardens like abstract paintings, using native plants to create blocks of colour. Here are a few scenes at the park, which is actually on top of the enormous underground car park of the iconic Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur. Judging from pictures of Roberto’s other gardens around the world, I think his garden in Kuala Lumpur would easily rank as one of his best works.
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15 comments:

AaronVFT said...

Such a beautiful garden! The designer really knows how to design a beautiful park.

Autumn Belle said...

I really like the second picture. The view is terrific! Can you tell me from which place did you take it? I mean is it from an office building or from the bridge?

Dr Francis Ng said...

The 'aerial' view is from the Kinokuniya Bookshop, Children's Section, on the top floor.

petite nyonya said...

Hello Dr Ng, I am SO happy that I found your blog!! I am toying with the idea of planting avocado as I love the fruit and today I was searching Google and found your previous 2007 post on avocado. Could I ask if you know, where can I buy grafted avocado plant so that I can enjoy the fruits faster? Any nurseries that sell it? Do you sell it?

antigonum cajan said...

I thought Burle Marx was the best until looking carefully at BRASILIA. A concrete/asphalt MONSTER.

Cesar Manrique Cabrera in turn, is much wider in scope dealing with much less in Lanzarote, Spain..

Nice post..

Dr Francis Ng said...

Hi petite nonya
I do not know of anyone selling avocado seedlings at present. The demand in Malaysia is too small for anybody to make it a business.

Aaron Lim said...

Hi,Dr.,
I harvested some seeds of Lopanthera lactescens,is there any methods to get the seeds germinate faster?
From Aaron Lim

Chan said...

I bought your latest book last week and would appreciate your advice where I could buy yellow rain tree

Chan said...

I bought your latest book and would appreciate your advice where I could buy yellow rain trees

Dr Francis Ng said...

I used to produce yellow rain trees by grafting the apical shoots of yellow plants to the seedlings of green plants but the the success rate was very low and unpredictable. I have not done it for a long time now.

Chan said...

Thank you Dr,anyway. Your book is very informative. It is rare to find a hardworking and dedicated expert like Dr in this field, and willing to share your experience

Dr Francis Ng said...

Last week I visited a plant nursery in Bidor and found a number of yellow rain trees, with trunks about 3 inches diameter. These are meant to be 'instant trees'. The contact address is fong_nursery@yahoo.com

Dr Francis Ng said...

Yesterday I met the manager of the garden and he told me the fountains are turned on at 1200-1400 and 1800-2200pm daily. I waited and indeed the fountains were playing after 6 pm. Unfortunately the light was not good for photography at 6 to 6.30 pm. Perhaps later, with the artificial lights on, would have been better, but I could not wait any longer.

antigonum cajan said...

I thought Marx was great until I saw BRASILIA one of the ugliest places on EARTH. Concrete, lawns, ponds, fountains and palms.
A totally sterile scene.

However,I believe Cesar Manrique Cabrera from Lanzarote, Spain, was much more original, considering the first worked with rain forest like environments while the second in totally dry, desert
zones.

That is that...

elizabeth said...

looking for receommendation for someone to help me design my home landscape-would appreciate it very much. Liz