My Brief visit to Brief Garden
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After working in
The road to
Driving though a small road with dense palm trees on both side, we came in to a small circular open area with two doors, one toward the garden and another one toward the house.
Less than a minute later, a man open the house door and greet us. He told us that the garden and house pass would cost 350 Rupees (around USD 3.5). I paid, and then he let me pass through the garden and promise me that he would join me later in the garden.
The walk in the garden is very enjoyable for me. I feel a bit of surprise in every corner. Each section of the garden is in circular and in each section is dominant plant in that section. It is like small surprise in each section. It is a bit shame for me, as I visit
As promised, the gentleman come back and joins me at the garden.
I also have a brief talk with the current owner of the garden, Mr. Dooland, who inherit and take care of this estate. He also show me one of most interesting treasure (at least to me) a letter from King of Siam (King Mongkut) to the British Governor of the time. King Mongkut (King Rama IV of
He also told me more about this garden’s history in which I did more reading and summary here:
However, after he resign his commission in 1942. He return to his Brief Plantation and started envision building the garden. During that time his plantation was losing money; as he was spend most of his energy in the service of being an officer. While, he come back to the plantation he calculated that he was producing rubber at 9 cents per pound, while selling it for 6, and he convincing himself that he would save money if he replace the rubber plantation with a garden.
In his unpublished memoirs in 1989, he wrote: ‘I told my mother that if we cut down two hundred trees we would lose less. Her mathematical capability was as shocking as my own and she said ‘You seem to have a point there, but let’s not go into deeply. However, I agree that a view from your house is absolutely essential!’
It was around 1950, that the garden has shape up to what it is today.
Toward the end of his life, he was ill and became blind. However, as he know and love this garden so much. He knows every branch of the tree by heart. He once told his garden manager in some instance that he remembers that there a branch of tree would have grown over the pool already, and it needs to be trim. Of course, he was correct there the branch has grown over the pool and the manager needs to send people and trim the tree.
Belvis's Brief Garden may have been lesser known than the one of his brother Geoffrey Bawa. However, I am grateful of my own trip to have this garden and enjoy the walk and seeing it.