Samuel Cocking Garden

Samuel Cocking Garden

The Samuel Cocking Garden. also known as the Enoshima Tropical Plants Garden, is a small botanical garden on the small island of Enoshima in Japan. The address is 2-3-28 Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa. It is open daily; an admission fee is charged.

The garden was established in 1880 by British merchant Samuel Cocking (1842-1914) as the Enoshima Botanical Garden, and featured a greenhouse (660 m²) in which he collected tropical plants. This original greenhouse was destroyed in the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. When in 1949 title passed to the city of Fujisawa, no trace of the greenhouse was found. However, in 2002, during reconstruction work, its brick foundation and original heating plant and boiler were discovered. In April 2003, a restored greenhouse was opened as part of the new garden, and as of 2004 had some 500,000 visitors per year.

Garden features include camellia trees and a large lookout tower (59.8 meters).

See also

* List of botanical gardens in Japan

References and external links

* [ BGCI entry]
* [ Fujisawa City Tourist Information]
* [ Enoshima Jinja Shrine]

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