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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Daegu Arboretum, Daegu Dalseo-gu: Arboretum in the Former Sanitary Landfill

The Daegu Arboretum (Hanja: 大邱樹木園) in 342 Hwaam Avenue/Hwaamno, Daegok-dong 284-beonji, Daegu Dalseo-gu is the home to over 450,000 plants, is not only a beautiful place to spend a Saturday afternoon, but a blueprint of how a community can revive a dying ecosystem while effectively utilizing limited resources.  

From 1986-1990, 4,100,000 tons of waste was buried at the site in southwest Daegu. A terrific opportunity to save over 60 acres of land came about when construction began on the Daegu subway system and left the city with over 2.5 million tonnes of soil. This was more than enough to cover the landfill 6-7 meters high and from 1997 to 2002, the landfill was slowly “reborn as an urban botanical garden.”

Along with providing a beautiful backdrop for a weekend picnic, the arboretum runs a number of educational programs, seasonal exhibitions, and research based programs aimed at species preservation. Plants General, Natural Dying Class, and Landscaping General are just a few of the educational programs offered to help citizens of Daegu gain a more in-depth understanding of plant life. In September, there will be a Wild Plants exhibition followed by a Chrysanthemum exhibition in October. Native species preservation and plant research are done year round by sharing seeds and plants with 130 foreign botanical gardens in 28 countries.

Whether you are a jogger looking for a new, beautiful running track, a photographer trying to capture spring in Daegu, or you just need an afternoon of relaxation under the sun, the Daegu Arboretum has something for everyone. There are several trail routes twisting through and around the gardens and the huge plaza at the center of everything where you can unwind and have lunch. A few highlights of the arboretum include the amazing colors of the Flowering Tree Garden, the Aromatic Plant and Herb Garden, Bonsai Garden and Cactus Green House.