Saturday, 28 March 2015

Tasmania Travel Pt 4: Visiting The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

I was surprised to find out that Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was established in 1818, such a long time ago. I was also pleasantly surprised that there is no entrance fee to visit this beautiful garden.
I asked the staff at the guard house, "How long will it take to see everything in this garden?" The reply was "Four days". I smiled at his answer as I only have less than 3 hours. He is probably right as Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens span over an area of 34.6 acres and with a collection of over 6000 species of plants it would probably take a long time to see 'everything' here.
Located at the bank of Derwent River, this site was originally a farm. It is now beautifully landscaped, an ideal place for a  picnic, a garden wedding or a therapeutic getaway. 
I love plants, leaves and flowers and can spend hours basking in their beauty but I only have less than 3 hours. 
This is the Lily Pond, created in 1840 by damming a natural stream that drained the adjacent hill.
The Lily Pond
The Conservatory
 The Conservatory
The sunflowers looking resplendent.
A unique tree. Some dated back to the 19th century.
The Japanese Garden - designed by Kanjiro Harada, a landscape architect.
Japanese Garden
The Fernery with its vast collection of ferns.
At The Veggie Patch - posing with a huge pumpkin
The Cactus House
A beautiful cactus specie.
This is the world's only Subantarctic Plant House. It displays plants from the subantarctic islands in a climatically controlled environment.
It is like a freezer inside but the Australian pupils are resilient indeed.
Doing field work-an ideal way of learning
The souvenir shop
a  plant with unique leaves
The Anniversary Arch

The time of our visit was end of summer. I believe the bloom is more bountiful during spring time. 

Address: Lower Domain Road, Queens Domain TAS 7000, Australia
              (Just 2km from Hobart CBD)
Hours:   Open 365 days a year from 8.00am - 5.00pm

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