Finally, I have managed to complete the second part of my photo journal!
The upper part of the Botanical Gardens is vast, and remarkably easy to get lost in, particularly the Rhododendron Dell! It is also one of the few places with flowering plants at this time of the year. And they are vibrant colours! Although the most common colour is green at the moment.
Once you leave the top part of the Rhododendron Dell, you enter through into a maze of woodland passages. You can catch glimpses of Logan Park, the central city area, and the university campus. When you finally find your way out, and that can be quite hard as there are no signs in the deepest part of the woodland tracks, you can connect back down to the South African garden and the onto the Aviary.
The Aviary is home to a large number of native and exotic birds, some of who make taking their picture easy and some who just aren’t feeling quite so co-operative!
It roughly took me around an hour and a half to navigate this sojourn through the upper part of the gardens. If you missed out the woodland tracks you could probably manage it in under an hour though. And now, after covering both parts of the gardens, a short review!
The gardens are one of my favourite places in Dunedin, if you want a quiet place to read a book, meet up with friends, have a coffee, get lunch, its a great place. If you’re feeling more adventurous, all the walks offer something different, and the birds are always fun to visit! With the gardens celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, each month they are hosting talks on horticulture and other areas relevant to the botanical gardens. A sculpture has also been commissioned, the winner has been selected and the concept work can be viewed in the information centre. The history of the place itself is interesting, from the founding through to the future developments. i particularly enjoy how many cultures and countries are represented across the gardens (the Geographic Collection). Maybe it’s because I only moved here 4 years ago, and feel welcomed by the diverse communities that are present in Dunedin that the gardens has chosen to include.
At the end of the day, it’s still my favourite place in Dunedin, whatever the weather. The Imgur album for the journal can be found here