CONTRIBUTED BY CHARISSE WINDEBANK
On the same day I brought my visiting mom on a shopping trip to Seomun Market, we also headed for the Daegu Arboretum. I have already been there once with a friend and a photography group so I was familiar with the area. Parking was a breeze since it was a weekday and the crowds were manageable. It was a sunny afternoon and we proceeded to enjoy the day.
My mom especially enjoyed the array of bonsai trees on display. There were several under a protective green house and some outside in large pots and elevated displays. Most were just green non-budding trees, but I was partial to those that had flowering capabilities. My personal favorite was the red miniature Japanese maple tree.
Greenhouses are separated by which climate is optimal for each type of plant. There is a tropical house that included a papaya plant with a couple of fruit bearing branches. Orange and lemon citrus plants were also among this group.
The main greenhouse has the cacti and desert-loving plants. Some are so twisted and scary looking that my son was scared to go near them. Others are beautiful even with their spiky thorn-like branches. It always amazes me how these plants can survive in dry land with barely any water for nutrients.
Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms already shed their petals and Mom wasn’t able to witness the beauty of the flowers. However, there were other trees that were still in full bloom and we definitely had a great time.
Website for more information: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1751288
Travel Hotline: 82-2-1330
Address: 342, Hwaam-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
대구광역시 달서구 화암로 342 (대곡동)
GPS Coordinates: 35.8011954, 128.52043249999997
Car – GPS will get you to the parking lot. Most cell phones when gps enable, will also be helpful for driving directions.
Subway – Red Line, Daegok Station (exit 3)
Bus Option 1 – Youncheon Bridge. General buses 600, 609,623, 650,651,655, 836, Dalseong 1, Dalseong 2 (plus a 20 minute walk or so)
Bus Option 2 – 1st Samsung Raemian Apartment Complex, 604, Dalseo 1, Dalseo 3, Dalesong 5, Seongseo 1, Seongseo 1-1
Directions above are from this site: http://daeguexpat.info/fun/20-daegu-arboretum