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Category — Botanical Garden

The Waiap Orchid Lodge – A Dreamer’s Legacy

What happens when a dreamer dies in Papua New Guinea? What happens when the shining light of a rural village, the person with the dreams and ideas, the one with the spark, the one who learns from elsewhere and starts a project to teach his people about science and botany, passes away?

Ipi's daughters at the entrance of Waiap Lodge

If you visit the Waiap Orchid Lodge in Enga, about 1 hour of Wabag, between Surunki and Laiagam along the Highlands Highway, you will find the Waiap Orchid Lodge. Behind the house is a hill, fenced all the way to the top.  The fence protects a  beautiful forest garden filled with orchids, trees and shrubs, and alive with the sound of birds. [Read more →]

October 10, 2011   4 Comments

Albert’s Amazing Engan Botanical Garden

Tucked away in a gully in the heart of Surunki lies the passion of an extraordinary villager – an amateur botanical garden filled with unique plants collected from all over Enga.

Bells...Flower


Albert is a 30′ish’ Engan male who when he was in his early teens asked his brothers to leave some land for him to build a special garden. He called it his Orchid Garden because he did not really know what else to call it. [Read more →]

September 18, 2011   No Comments