Taman Bunga Nusantara is the garden where we can find lots of blooming flowers within a 35 hectares of perfectly manicured lawn. It has plenty of topiaries, theme gardens, picnic areas, and play grounds.
When you buy tickets, please consider either buy a combo ticket, which combined the entrance ticket with the tram ticket or buy a separate garden car ticket. The garden tram, train and car operate as a shuttle bus, which we can hop on and off in the designated areas. It is really useful when you are tired exploring this huge garden. It will be too late if you decide to hop on the garden car when you are in the far corner of the garden, since you can only buy the ticket near the entrance.
First thing we see upon entering this garden is a cascade waterfall. Next is a topiary of a giant peacock! They need more than twenty-five thousands potted plant to filled in the body and more than sixty thousands potted plant to decorate the tail. The flower pattern of this peacock is changed every two to three months. Actually, that's the secret how Taman Bunga Nusantara manages to have bloomed flowers all year round: they use potted flower plants abundantly! Any withered flower will be replaced simultaneously.
Other topiaries are smaller than the peacock and scattered all over the garden. The two dinosaurs are eye catching, while the giraffes are too blended with the background. There is a giant bunny and we will see more but smaller topiaries in the center of the labyrinth.
The labyrinth is fun and challenging. It is huge, it covers one hectare of land. There are two entrance to the labyrinth, one is located near the watch tower, the other one is on the opposite side. It is easy to get lost in this labyrinth, but for those who want the easy way out, there is a labyrinth map sold on the entrance ;-)
The watch tower is the highest structure in this garden. Hence, we can see the garden below clearly, including the labyrinth. Then further on we can see a fountain.
Now, it is difficult to walk around Taman Bunga Nusantara systematically, because we will easily get sidetracked, while the path keeps branching. For example, it is hard to decide whether we keep straight from the peacock topiary to see the clock garden or go left to see water garden or take pictures with the dinosaurs topiary. There are too many beautiful spots to see and take pictures. So, you'd better allocate several hours to spend here.
As a flower garden, there are several theme gardens inside Taman Bunga Nusantara. They are:
Taman Bunga Nusantara also has a state of the art green house. We have to pay additional ticket of Rp. 5,000/person to enter the premises. Unfortunately, the advanced technology is wasted here. It seems there is no real purpose of what this green house is for. Hence, there is no significant success of planting anything since the beginning. It has been used for many different types of plants and now it becomes a garden for begonia.
Since Taman Bunga Nusantara opens daily from 8am to 5pm, we can stay all day long there. There are a couple of restaurants where we can dine-in. Alternatively, bring your own food and have a picnic! This garden has a couple of picnic areas :)
Children can happily play in Alam Imajinasi. There are several games offered there, such as ATV ride, go-cart ride, bumper car, train ride, horse ride, etc. However, we have to pay additional ticket for each game. On average the ticket price is Rp. 25,000.
The entrance to Taman Bunga Nusantara is not located on the side of the main road. There are at least three narrow roads leading to this garden. Depending on which road you choose, the distance from Cipanas main road to Taman Bunga Nusantara is approximately 6-8 kilometres.
If you come from Jakarta, slow down when you have reached Cipanas and look for road sign to turn left to narrow road leading to Taman Bunga Nusantara.
It might be easier to find this garden using its GPS coordinates: 6°43'38.4"S 107°04'45.4"E [-6.727327, 107.079278].
Taman Bunga Nusantara is not the only beautiful garden/park in the land of Sunda. These other parks are equally interesting, what do you think?