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The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have a story to tell. They are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year.IMG_2745

This delightful “lily pad” platform is the latest addition to the gardens. What a wonderful place to sit and relax, a place for the kids to get down to water level to watch the ducks.IMG_2756

The Gatekeeper’s Cottage now houses information about the gardens, their history and their current purpose of conservation.IMG_2737

Formal gardens, a conservatory, a Japanese garden, lead to oak woodlands and eucalyptus woods. Footpaths meander through regional flower beds, with plants labelled to inform and educate.IMG_2827IMG_2787IMG_2803IMG_2764IMG_2772

It’s a joy to observe the changing seasons at these gardens. As summer ends, there are fewer colourful flowers than at other times of the year. However, there are vibrant greens, hints of autumn and views of Hobart’s harbour location.