Dalaguete has once again reasserted its peerless status as the prime tourist hub with the opening of the Mt. Talongon Flower Garden, bringing another much-loved part to the town’s renowned attraction spots. Located at Sitio Alang-alang, Mantalongon, this flower garden was dubbed after the legendary “Talongon” tree from where the acclaimed mountain Barangay Mantalongon got its name.
Early of its operation, the garden has already caught the attention of local and foreign tourists as it saw a gradual increase in terms of frequency and the number of visitors. Hence, because of the local government passion to offer new and innovative experience, it has embarked on to a full force development of the flower garden making its temporary closure for almost a month to pave way for site improvement. Finally last March 24, 2018, spearheaded by Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante, with the presence of Director Benjamin S. Gomo of PhilFIDA VII, Municipal and Barangay elected officials, selected municipal employees and members of People’s Organization (PO’s), the Mt. Talongon Flower Garden soft opening ceremony took its place. The ceremony marks the garden’s official opening to the public.
A 2.1 hectare government property, Mt. Talongon Flower Garden has several distinct features that will surely offer unique level of hospitality, comfort and ambience to its visiting tourists.
The Flower Garden. Exhibit different cut flower varieties seldom seen and of vibrant colours, the flower garden will serve as premier natural attraction to local and foreign tourists. Solid pathways will guide and secure visitors around the garden as they slay their time taking photos around this astounding nature
The Freshwater Fish Ponds. While cut flower plants display remains the focal point of the Mt. Talongon Flower Garden, fish culture ponds engage visitors to other form of leisure activity which will enhance the garden’s total visitor experience.
The Bamboo Gazebo. An extra feature of the flower garden, bamboo gazebos are perfect place where visitors can make the most of their time to relax amidst exquisite flora and fauna. Inspired by its natural beauty, the bamboo gazebo compliments perfectly with the environment- a unique feature that adds value to the overall experience.
Wooden benches are also structured to provide place to sit and relax whiling the time away. A tourist’s information centre was also constructed strategically where visitors have to log and pay the required entrance fee to the flower garden which opens every day from 6:00 in the morning to 6:00 in the afternoon.
The Mt. Talongon Flower Garden is indeed a showcase of garden artistry that presents natural beauty in an entertaining way, where wonders bloom and people come to share moments together.