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Gardener in a Celestial Paradise

Founder of Ubud Botanical Garden, Stefan Reisner, Dies in Ubud

(5/6/2012) On the morning of Friday, April 27, 2012, the community of Ubud in Bali lost one of its much beloved foreign residents when Stefan Reisner succumbed to cancer.

Born in Berlin in 1942 during World War II, Stefan Reisner was a true renaissance man who had, at various times in his life, worked as an author of children’s literature, a publisher, poet, essayist, filmmaker and foreign news correspondent based in Hong Kong.



Stefan Reisner 1942-2012
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The last 11 years of Stefan’s life were spent in Bali surrounded by the beauty provided by his Indonesian wife Faizah and the island he called home.

Initially involved with the Puri Asri Hotel in Petulu, he later discovered an all-consuming passion by conceptualizing and operating the Ubud Botanical Gardens. 

Eclectic, whimsical and diverse are all adjectives that equally describe both the Ubud Botanical Gardens and the man who built them.

Stefan was buried in the Muslim cemetery in Denpasar, Bali on the day of his death.

A celebration of Stefan Reisner’s life was held among friends in Ubud on Sunday, April 6, 2012.

Related Links

[Ubud Botanic Garden]

[New Botanical Garden in Ubud]