May 22, 2024

One must-see place for tourists and visitors in Atok, Benguet is the Tayao Gardens at Km. 24 along the Halsema Highway.
Throughout the garden, over a thousand succulents from the locality, Korea, and Thailand can be seen. Echeveria, string-of-pearls, astridia, astroworthia, opalina, and some kinds of cactus plants abound.
Embedded are other types of plants like Malaysian mums, hydrangeas, alstroemeria, monstera, and other flowering plants such as roses and hibiscus. There are also strawberries in the garden.
The garden opened at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Owner Lotgarda Tayao said they converted an open space in the area to create a safe space for families and for everyone who wants to visit.
Asked why they chose succulents as the main attraction, Tayao said the garden is ideal for succulents as these do not require too much water to maintain.
“Dito kasi walang tubig kasi peak ng mountain, so nahihirapan sa tubig kapag hindi tag-ulan kaya kailangang mag-isip ng halaman na puwede pa ring mag-thrive despite the environmental conditions.”
Tayao said they are also trying to plant coffee in the area to see if it can survive the weather condition there.
The garden has more to offer.
Aside from the view and the plants, Tayao said they are also offering coffee. “‘Yung premium natin na arabica coffee from the Tayao Farms. Sa mga gustong mag-coffee tasting, coffee appreciation, pwede rin,” Tayao said.
The garden also features a giant sculpture of a mug spilling coffee, large frames for picture taking, swings for those who want to relax, and a view deck for those who want to take a glimpse of the majestic mountains of Benguet and feel the cold Atok breeze.
Part of the garden is designated as an events place where reunions, birthday parties, meetings, weddings, among others can be held.
The entrance fee is P100 inclusive of a free succulent, with 20 percent discount for senior citizens. The entrance fee for kids aged one to 12 is P50.
Be amazed, be astonished, and fall in love in this beautiful place.