From the city proper going east about a mile away or a bit less is the Baguio Botanical Garden in the Philippines along the stretch of Leonard Wood Road. Among famous tourist spots in the Philippines, it showcases not just plants and flowers but a rich native heritage, too.
It is also known as Igorot Village because of a number of Igorot huts featured in the premises. There are actually native Igorots roaming there in their customary colorful native attires, some even dressed as warriors, though quite friendly and accommodating. Many tourists have their pictures taken with these local tribesmen at the Baguio Botanical Garden in the Philippines.
It was originally named Botanical Park in the pre-Martial Law years but renamed Imelda Park in the 1970s when Martial Law was enforced in the country, after the then First Lady Imelda Marcos, wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Later, after the Marcos Regime, it was renamed Baguio Botanical Garden, and will be officially declared so on the centennial celebration of Baguio City in September 2009.
Baguio Botanical Garden in the Philippines is between the Pacdal Circle and the famous Teachers Camp. From the city, going to this place costs Php 12.00 in a public jeep. This area is actually among thickly forested tourist spots in the Philippines where tranquility and relaxation may be enjoyed as folks roam around to appreciate flowering plants many of which are endemic to the city.
Visitors are treated to amazing sights of different shrubberies displaying varied colors of leaves and flowers, shady trees, winding paths leading to Igorot homes, a charming wooden bridge, and a sacred Igorot meeting place that inspires spiritual meditation. There is also a souvenir shop for mementos to remind visitors of their experience of the garden.
Few tourist spots in the Philippines have seeds of unique flowering plants available for sale. At the Baguio Botanical Garden in the Philippines, there is no need to bring home bulky plants in pots. Just buy seeds in small packs and plant them in the backyard as soon as one gets home. They're easy to grow. Just make sure to plant them in a cool corner of the yard. Igorot vendors themselves will instruct patrons on how to care for the plants.
After a tiring tour of Baguio, it is a refreshing thing to stop by the Baguio Botanical Garden in the Philippines and be enthralled by the delightful brightness and bloom of the surroundings that relieve one of stress and fatigue. Other tourist spots in the Philippines may also offer beautiful natural sceneries, but this garden also offers a look into a unique heritage and culture.