VietNamNet Bridge - With boundless passion, some gardeners in Hanoi have created unique ornamental gardens, worth millions of US dollars.
The orchid garden of teacher Nguyen Do The Cuong in Huong Ngai commune, Thach That district, Hanoi has many varieties of rare orchids, totaling 5,000 plants, which are worth at least hundreds of US dollars each.
These orchids are priced from VND10-20 million ($500-$1,000).
The teacher said by combining orchids with ancient tree trunks, the value and the lifespan of orchids are enhanced.
Another famous orchid gardener in Hanoi is Mr. Tran Tuan Anh. This man owns several orchid gardens in Hanoi and Bac Ninh but currently he is focusing efforts on a 3,000 m2 orchid garden in Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
Tuan has devoted her life to orchids and considers orchids his career.
Tuan said that he has more than 300 species of orchids or about half of the species available in Vietnam. He said all of the rarest and most valuable species are present in his gardens.
This orchid is worth more than VND50 million (over $2,500).
|The orchid garden of teacher Nguyen Do The Cuong|
|The orchid garden of Tran Tuan Anh|
The ancient peach garden of a farmer
The garden of Mr. Nguyen Nhan Dao, 50, in Nhat Tan village, Tay Ho district is more than 10,000m2 in size. There are hundreds of peach trees, including very old trees in the garden. Dao said the garden is an "entertainment world" and has been source of income for his family for years.
The garden is open for tourists. The entrance fee is VND25,000-VND30,000/person ($1.2- $1.5).
Dao said he welcomes more than 200 visitors/day and more during the weekend or the days before the lunar New Year.
During the lunar New Year, Dao earns up to VND200 million (nearly $10,000) from leasing this peach tree.
The garden is divided into several zones, with different backgrounds. The flowers are changed after 1-1.5 months, depending on the season.
Bonsai garden of a circus artist
The bonsai trees in the garden of circuit artist Chu Manh Hung is very famous among bonsai tree gardeners in Hanoi. These trees are very expensive, from tens to hundreds of of million VND/tree (thousands to tens of thousands USD). However, Hung did not sell them.
The 9-fruit-in-one-tree garden
The garden of Mr. Le Duc Giap in Thanh Oai district, Hanoi is very special with trees yielding 5-7 to 9 kinds of fruits.
Giap said there are over 200 trees like this in the garden. These trees yield different kinds of fruit like Buddha's hand fruit, grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, blueberries, lemon, kumquat.