If there’s one thing about traveling to a cooler climate that’s a bonus, it’s the knowledge that the botanical gardens are going to be spectacular! I visited the Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens on my recent trip to Hobart. Established in 1818, there are 14 hectares of gardens with over 6,000 exotic species.
Lunch at the restaurant
For obvious reasons! It tasted as good as it looked!
Cold garden- Subantarctic Plant House
The subantarctic garden showcases plants and noises from Macquarie Island, to show realistically what the chilly fogs and mists of the windy island are like. I must admit I thought it was going to be freezing, but I would describe it as pleasantly cool. The official description is:
“The house was designed to replicate the appearance and environmental conditions of Macquarie Island and also to act as an experimental house for the cultivation of the plants from this region. The curved inner walls are painted with a mural depicting the various environments of the island, while the landscape has been recreated using plants, mosses and rock collected from Macquarie Island. An immersive audio sound-scape of the Macquarie Island environment adds to the illusion of traveling to this remote region and visitors will hear the sounds of wildlife from the Island, including elephant seals, penguins, albatross and skuas, as well as the ever-present wind and rain.“
Pete’s Veggie Patch/ Tasmanian Community Garden/ABC Gardening Australia
This is the garden that the ABC often filmed segments of its’ gardening show from. Originally part of ‘Pete’s Veggie Patch’ it is now frequented by Tino Carnevale for the ABC Gardening Australia show. The garden was
“Developed in conjunction with a coalition of community organisations and other interested individuals, it emphasises sustainability, highlights food security and produces local fruit and vegetables for the wider community. This garden provides inspiration and practical ideas for both the home gardener and other community gardens.”
How do you get there? We walked from our hotel, which was a good 30-minute walk, mostly uphill. On the way back, however, we decided to catch the red double-decker bus back into town for $3.50. This bus goes hourly, however, please check the timetable for details- it is clearly signed at the gardens and throughout town.