Nature's Garden

The gardens in Spice Village are a treat for nature lovers. The 14-acre organic property has over 140 varieties of trees and from April to June, the property will bloom with the best of fruit trees. For trees such as Ven Teak, Indian Almond, Black Plum, Teak, India Olive, Jackfruit, which have inconspicuous flowers, nature gives a helping hand by producing flowers in bunches so that they will attract birds and squirrels, which aid in seed or fruit dispersal.

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Watch out for these beauties: Black plum is a medium sized tree, with copious canopy and inconspicuous white flowers borne in clusters.

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It is a common tree in village walkways, cultivated for edible fruits and to line avenues. In late May–June, the tree provide a copious meal of black drupes for mynahs, parrots and drongos. Spice Village has about 15 Black Plum trees scattered throughout the property.

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Asoka is a seldom-seen tree in Indian gardens nowadays. In the old days, it was planted in homes as it was considered auspicious. The flowers are conspicuous scarlet red, borne in rich clusters. Flowers are commonly used for the traditional pooja ceremony, which has been  replaced or supplemented by the widespread use of Ixora.

Glimpses from the Spice Garden

Fresh heads of Lettuce.

Luscious Greens

We vary the vegetables we serve, season to season. No iceboxes or preservatives are ever used.

Wild Blooms

Flowering plants, hebs and bushes are allowed to grow in their own natural way, with little or no tending.

 

Agathi keerai, Sesbania grandiflora - a well branched medium-sized shrub reaching 7 to 8 ft in height. The bushy nature of plant is maintained by repeated clipping of fresh sprouts. Its leaves are a rich source of vitamin A and are used in a Kerala dish called thoran, and soups as accompaniments.