The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have a story to tell. They are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year.
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.
The Gatekeeper’s Cottage now houses information about the gardens, their history and their current purpose of conservation.
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.
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.
St David’s Cathedral in Hobart hosted their 50th annual flower festival this weekend. There is something majestic seeing beautiful flower displays within a church setting.
Here are just a few of the exhibits.
I chatted to this lady, spinning her own yarn whilst overseeing the kid’s corner, with crafts and colouring pages. Her tapestry chair was just wonderful.
These beautifully intricate flowers were hanging over a fence on a local footpath. I took a few photos then went back with my “olloclip” macro lens that fits onto my iphone.
These perfect flowers are ideal for this week’s photo challenge, growing from a simple bud, to the complex flower into a passion fruit.
Remembering the weekend.
Whist in Sydney recently I took photos of these two beautiful trees that we don’t see in Tasmania.
The jacaranda flowers were past their best but still a blast of colour along suburban streets.
The frangipani buds opened a little more each day, on our daughters back yard tree.
Nature is rounded, full of curves.
The landscape, the clouds, trees, bushes, flowers, leaves, petals.
I visited Inverawe Native Gardens today and spent a delightful couple of hours wandering along paths, stopping to admire the flowers, noticing the varying scents, observing birds and pademelons and little ghekkos.
The owners are welcoming and informative, sharing their enthusiasm for the garden they have designed and planted since retiring to Tasmania in 2001, from Sydney. I relaxed with a cup of tea and home made cakes and appreciated the view.
There are information signs and labels, about the plants, the history of the place, the early explorers and botanists from Europe. There are also sculptures and poems written by the owners, dotted amounts the foliage.
“This garden is designed to please the eye and soothe the soul, but also to sit easily on our ancient, fragile landscape, a garden that works with the environment, not against it.”