While economic development offers a number of benefits for the residents of a city, it also brings with it some disadvantages, particularly to the health of the people. Over the past few years, Cebu has seen a dramatic increase in business and industrial activity that has enhanced the standards of living of Cebuanos. Cebu City is now one of the preferred places for people from the provinces to work in. With the increase population in the city, the need for vehicles also increased. Due to this, pollution in the Queen City of the South has gradually increased as well.
But, residents of the city still have a place where they can take a break from the smog and fumes from the thousands of vehicles plying the streets every day. And they don’t have to go too far from the city. Betty’s Botanical Garden is located in Cantipla, Cebu City.
In fact, the place where the garden is located is gradually becoming a haven for people who just want to get away from the stress of city life. The garden itself is home to a number of exquisite looking floral plants, both endemic and rare species. It encompasses six hectares of highland landscape where organic produce and other plants are grown. It is also a refuge for a number of endangered wildflowers and plants. Some of the endemic plants found in the garden do not exist anymore in other places in the island. Betty’s Botanical Garden is managed by Betty Abellana and features a lookout point where visitors can see the pocket forest of Tabunan. It is also possible to see the shoreline of Camotes from the lookout point. The place was one of the stopovers in a highland tour organized by the Cebu City Tourism Commission.
Botanists and plant lovers would likely find themselves in paradise if they go to Betty’s Botanical Garden in Cantipla, Cebu. It is a welcome respite from the stress one can experience in city life. Have you visited Betty’s Botanical Garden already? Tell us about it on the comments section below.
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