A Visit to the Russels' Garden
at BOH Tea Plantations
By Lee Chin Neer
Once again, members of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening
Society have been invited to the Russells' private garden at Bukit Cheeding
Estate. This was through the kind courtesy of Mrs. Joan Russell, and,
I was told, was indeed the fourth time such an invitation had been extended.
A group of thirty members in eleven cars met after the Batu Tiga
toll plaza. The appointed time was 9.30 a.m. As for me, after
having fetched Grace,
I hastily proceeded to the Prince Hotel where Jade would be waiting.
By the time everyone gathered it was already 10.00 a.m. All
of us then eagerly proceeded
towards Bukit Cheeding.
We were all very excited about the trip. Grace even remarked that
she would not miss this for anything. On the way, we discussed about exchanges
of plants including the banana and serai wangi plants.
On reaching the estate, we followed a helpful worker on a motorbike
right up to the impressive residence, with its swimming pool and
a nice pond full of water lilies. The whole place was on top of a hill,
As we looked round, there was indeed a great variety of plants and
trees. This was a very pleasant experience for members like me, who
had not been to Bukit Cheeding. It was a hot, but breezy morning, and the
filled with the pleasant fragrance of frangipani and other flowers.
The cheery songs of a vast variety of birds could also be heard.
We were rewarded with a welcome drink, after which our hostess Joan,
took us first around the colonial style bungalow with its photographs
of Scotland, and then, of course her nice garden. She then sought the advice
of gardening experts among us as to the best location for the newly
nutmeg and neem plants (both recently bought during the last Society
trip to Penang). Arthur Chan, Society secretary and Philip Bauer, an agronomist
with the tea plantation offered some suggestions. The nice garden
with rambutan, durian and frangipani trees as well as other flowering
plants. Philip Bauer also told us the difference between highland and lowland
For lunch, we were lucky to be treated with a sumptuous buffet of
roti canai, vadai and rice (Thai style) with herbs, accompanied by
a variety of
curries (chicken, mutton, prawns and fish). For desserts, we had
pies, cheesecake, bread and sago puddings, ginger tea, ice cream and soursop
sorbet. All the food was prepared by Joan's cook from Penang, who
had been with her for more than ten years.
After lunch, the next Society's trip, this time to the Cameron Highlands
and scheduled for 8-10 July 2005, was announced by Arthur Chan, who
also, on behalf of the Society, thanked our gracious hostess for
her warm hospitality.
Members then recorded their personal appreciation in the guest book
provided, before saying their grateful goodbyes to our wonderful
Tiffin at BOH, Bukit Cheeding
Members with the Hostess