Shenyang Botanical Garden

Shenyang Gardening Exhibition Park

Shenyang Gardening Exhibition Park by niqodemus. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

In 2006, Shenyang hosted the International Horticultural Exposition. The site used for the expo was an expansion of the former Botanical Gardens. Many of the Expo buildings and plants remain in place. As a result of the Expo, the gardens are no longer strictly speaking, Botanical Gardens, but instead a representation of garden design and landscapes from around China and around the world.

This will delight many people, but upset many botanists. Although the design, planting and buildings represent places from all around the world, the actual choice of plants lack verity. A true botanical garden should represent botanical diversity. There should be a wide range of different plants on display. In contrast, Shenyang's Botanical Gardens are botanical monotony. The same small selection of plants are used again and again throughout the site.

Map showing location of Shenyang Botanical Garden

Above: Location of Shenyang Botanical Garden in Shenyang, Liaoning, China