Yes, I have to say, I really appreciate modern Botanic Gardens. And The Australian Garden is one of the best.
I have featured The Australian Garden in Melbourne, Australia before. But what a gem. As it matures, this park gets better and better and I can only say it so deserved the 30 awards it has won since 1997 culminating in the Landscape of the Year World Architecture Festival Award. In 2013.
The Australian Garden follows a journey of water from the arid inland landscapes of central Australia which greet you as you step through the main gates.
Shape and texture, enhanced with the desert colours of ochre and grey-green spinning out to the horizon stylise the central desert landscapes of Australia.
Kangaroo paws, grasses and hardy woolly bush lift the game.
The journey then continues along dry river beds…
Which weren’t very dry the day we were there because there had been significant rain over the past couple of months and the rivers were doing what they should – managing excess water so flooding is minimised.
There is a spring at the beginning of this walk from which water flows down pebbled grassy river beds.
Past huge blocks of granite and teetering cliffs of red sandstone.
And growing to become a mighty river running to the coastal fringes of the continent.
On the journey and within this wonderful landscape are the exhibition gardens where you can explore the beauty and diversity of Australian plants and the evolving connections between people, plants and landscapes.
You walk past the Future Garden which showcases local substitutes for exotic plants, demonstrating that period styles and native plants work wonderfully well together…
To an inner-city garden showing different ways Australian plants can look good in an urban environment.
And within mixed borders.
There are exhibition spaces which will hold up to 1500 people.
And smaller areas suitable for picnics or small demonstrations depending on the circumstances.
There are teaching aids throughout the park explaining our wonderful natural environment and some of its history.
Areas which show off our geology and take us through time on giant steel lily leaf stepping stones
And Wollemi Pines amid other forms of Dinosaur food
Look at the wonderful Xanthorrhoea below.