Lloyd's Botanical Garden was established in 1878 when 40 acres of land was acquired at Darjeeling to form a botanic garden as an annexe of the Calcutta Botanical Garden. The Garden is situated just below the Eden Sanatorium in an open slope covering an area of about 40 acres, bound by Cart Road and Victoria Road on the North, by Jail Road and Hari Ghose Road on the south, by Eden sanatorium on the east and Victoria Road on the west.
The land was provided by William Lloyd, in whose name the botanical garden has been named. The Darjeeling Botanical Garden preserves several species and forest native plants of the Darjeeling, Sikkim, and other neighboring Himalayan regions like - Bamboo, Oak, Magnolia, Arisaema, Cotoneaster, Wild Geranium, and Rhododendron.
This Garden is one of the main attractions to the visitors to Darjeeling with a treasury of many rare and beautiful plants as well as patches of typical forest of tall Cryptomeria, Bucklandia and Alnus with thick mass of lianas and shrubby undergrowth.
Lloyd Botanical Garden
The upper section is where you will see the various indigenous Himalayan plantations. The garden actually started from here to study the flora of Darjeeling Himalayan region. Subsequently plants from nearby Sikkim area like rhododendrons have also been added in this section.
The Middle section is where there is a large collection of fern and conifer trees along with Alpine collections. There is also a separate greenhouse or a conservatory here that houses sections like the Cactus displaying some 150 species. The collection of native Orchids from the Singalila Ridge in present-day Singalila National Park is rare and notable.
It is a favorite spot of recreation with vistas across some of the loveliest slopes, a paradise to the students and research workers in Botany and an eminent institution distributing the plants and seeds and specimens of temperate and sub-temperate Himalayas to different parts of the world.