Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum
The Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum is located on the south side of the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park “Ocean Expo Region”,. It was opened in October 1990. This arboretum, a total area of approximately 22 acres, is divided into two sections, sample gardens and visitor center for urban greening.
Over 400 species of plants that are promising for urban greening in subtropical areas are collected, raised and exhibited on approximately 16.8 acres in accordance to the characteristic of each plant.
Bushes such as Antidesma pentandrum, Buxus liukiuensis, Murraya paniculata and Clerodendrum inerme are raised in a maze-like form in order to have fun and view the plants suited for hedges in the subtropical zone at the same time. Also, in the sample gardens, there are pergolas and poles in place and climbing plants such as Cissus, Bougainvillea and T.grandiflora Roxb are raised in ways that suit each of them.
Not only ground cover plants that are used for greenery of parks and roads, but also ground cover plants that can be used in ordinary homes are raised and exhibited. Zoysia grasses suited for subtropical areas such as Zoysia matrella, Saint Augustinegrass, Zoysia tenuifolia Willd and Zoysia japonica are also raised. Ground cover plants that bloom flowers such as Ajuga pygmaea and Oenothera speciose are raised as well.
Plant Service Center" in Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum has been temporally closed from February 22, 2016 for its maintenance.Click here for further information.
The “Visitor center for urban greening” serves as the central facility for promoting public awareness regarding urban greenery technology utilizing tropical and subtropical plants, and providing a variety of information regarding urban greening.
Also, the Visitor center for urban greening (inside the building) is equipped with facilities such as the aseptic manipulation room where the process of culture multiplication of Orchid plants can be observed, the audiovisual room where lecture meetings and courses regarding greenery are held, and the library which is available for anyone to casually use.
In addition, there are facilities such as Green Shock 60 and Warp Dome where you can have fun learning about plants, and a plant craft experience program is held every day providing the opportunity to touch and become familiar with plants.
What is “Banko”? It is a dialect of the Yaeyama area and stands for a place on a board laid in a breezy tree shade or on top of a tree on a sweltering summer day where people took a nap and communicated.
At the “Banko” Forest, you can enjoy craft using nuts. You can also enjoy ground golf on the vast lawn.
How about a picnic with family and friends in the `Banko` Forest? Please use it for occasions such as field trips and school events!
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