How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli
Mr Disraeli sounds a tad gloomy but when you work a 5-day week the weekends do become rather special and looked forward to.
So on an overcast, rainy Saturday a couple of weeks ago we drove the 20 minutes south to visit the Auckland Botanic Garden. In fact someone told us that when you travel in Auckland the journey always takes 20 minutes, which seems to happen more often than not!
Typical of the short modern history of New Zealand the Auckland Botanic Gardens were only opened in 1982. But the temperate climate of this fair country has enabled the trees and shrubs to become established quickly. Indeed I think all New Zealand is a botanical garden, witnessing trees awash with flowers in the depth of the Auckland winter!
As well as a collection of indigenous plants there are a number of special areas: African plants, roses, camellias, magnolias, palms, edibles, herbs as well as an arboretum.
Not forgetting the Potter Children’s Garden which enthuses kids and the young-at-heart and where self-discovery is encouraged within the garden with the many interactive features.
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The African garden
Plants, shrubs and trees brightening up the overcast day.
The gardens are home to birds too.
Kereru, the New Zealand wood pigeon, a big chap with gorgeous plumage.
Tui, or parson bird, are one of New Zealand’s most accomplished songsters and are superb mimics. They are often in the trees by our house in Three Kings and enliven the mornings with their melodious call.
There was a reminder that it is still spring with trees nearly in blossom over a host of narcissi.
You can row your boat up the creek and pitch your tent. Well, at least the artist thinks you can…
As you can see, the amenities are fully organic.
In spite of the rain there was a delightful splash of colour provided by a wedding group.
The sun also came out giving us time to sit and contemplate these beautiful gardens.
There is handsome art amongst the Auckland Botanic Gardens which added to the pleasure and inspiration from our visit. We look forward to returning to see the roses in full bloom.
The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature. ~Jeff Cox
Auckland Botanic Garden
102 Hill Road