The Classical Language Park called Semmozhi Poonga is a botanical garden in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was set up by the horticulture department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Initially, the garden was opened on 24 November 2010 by then chief Minister Dr.M. Karunanidhi. It is the first botanical garden in the city. The garden is located in the Cathedral Road–Anna Salai junction, opposite the American Consulate. It covers an area of approximately 20 acres and was built at a cost of ₹ 80 million.
Why visit the Semmozhi Poonga? More than 500 species of plants are being grown in the area. It’s a green paradise for nature lovers and botanists. In addition to all the plants, there are more than 80 trees that adorn the vast greenery of this park. Some of these trees are over a century old! The Semmozhi Poonga serves as home to some of the most popular exotic flora and rarerest of rare plant species in the country. It also has medicinal and aromatic herbs that are hard to find except in the depths of wilderness. Some of these exotic plants have been imported from countries like China and Thailand. They also have a plethora of bonsai varieties of ficus microcarpa and ficus ginseng which are very difficult to find.
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The main garden has eight sub gardens which displays flora of different varieties, such as a tree court, mural walk and bonsai, herbal and exotic gardens. The garden has been carefully planned and maintained to incorporate elements of an Indian-Buddhist garden. This garden has a wide variety of indigenous species across 22 exclusive areas including palm court, tree court, golden garden. There is a water and rock garden, butterfly garden, fern garden, sunken garden and theme garden. They also have an artificial duck pond. This garden remains open for morning walkers from 6 am to 8 am. If you wish to visit the park, it remains open from 10 am through 8 pm on all days except Tuesdays.