Tropical Spice Garden is situated in what was once an abandoned, rubber plantation along Penang’s north-western shores. It was the vision and determination of David and Rebecca Wilkinson funded by Bertam Consolidated Rubber Co. Ltd. who with a talented team, transformed an overgrown plot into this garden of unique design and soul into a remarkable eco-tourism venture. Visitors can roam the Gardens set out over 8 acres of secondary jungle, and get up close and personal with over 500 species of tropical flora and fauna.
Explore over 500 varieties of tropical flora specially selected from all over the world. Divided into 3 designated trails landscaped on natural jungle terrain, each trail offers sufficient interest for a 20-45 minute walk.
There are 3 trails that begin from the Front Office:
- Spice Trail
- Ornamental Trail
- Jungle Trail
Throughout the Garden are different themed Garden Rooms featuring special plant collections such as spices and herbs, aquatic plants, bamboos, crotons, cycads, ferns, gingers, heliconias, jungle plants, orchids and rare palms, with educational signage displaying the names and uses for each plant.
- Water Garden – marginal and aquatic plants
- Cycad Room – palm-like plants up to 280 million years old
- Banana/Heliconia Bank – plants with large leaves and colourful flower bracts
- Spice Terraces – plants valued for medicinal and culinary uses
- Bamboo Garden – clump-forming plants
- Ginger Walk – plants with stunningly beautiful flowers
- Sugar Terrace – sugar-producing palm trees
- Ornamental Valley – flowering plants, trees, shrubs and herbs
- Croton Wall – plants with attractive foliage and inconspicuous flowers
- Fern Walk – non-flowering plants with spores up to 400 million years old
- Jungle Trail – tropical rainforest plants
The Visitor Centre is located in a picturesque Straits Colonial holiday bungalow – Lone Crag Villa – overlooking the sea, with a built-up area of about 5,500 square feet.
The Visitor Centre features:
- Spice Museum – collections on the origins of the spice trade, historical spice routes and how spices are produced or processed.
- Spice Café – ideal setting for a relaxing cup of spiced tea or coffee with superb bay views.
- Gift Shop – fantastic selection of gift and souvenir items including spices, a spice spa range, toiletries, T-shirts and stationery.
- Garden Shop – plants you see in the Garden are propagated for sale.
Daily guided tours
Morning tour guides available from 9am – 12:30pm
Guided tours are now available from 9.00am – 5.00pm (upon guides availibililty) on Saturdays and Sundays due to popular demand
Open 9 am to 6 pm daily.
Last admission at 5.30 pm.
View admission charges.
Getting There and Location Map
The public buses which come directly to the Garden are No. 93 (Hin) and No. 202 (Transit Link) and U101 (Rapid Penang).
Tropical Spice Garden Contact Details
Tropical Spice Garden
Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2,
Jalan Teluk Bahang,
11100 Penang, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6(04)881 1797
Facsimile: +6(04)881 3794