A Word a Week Challenge : Garden, Townsville Botanic Garden

The theme that Sue has chosen from her dictionary this week is GARDEN. I know there will be lots of post’s submitted on this theme. Go to Sue’s blog “A word a week” to see all the different gardens from around the world.

It  would be my all time favourite subject. When we travel I always search out the Botanical Gardens in each area. Today I am going to take you for a stroll around the beautiful, small but exquisite Queens Gardens in Townsville, Australia.

 

Initiated in 1870, Queens Gardens is the oldest Botanic Garden in Townsville and is heritage listed. Now covering 4 hectares, reduced from an original 40Ha, it is considered a fine example of a tropical colonial garden of that era. Originally established as a trial acclimatisation garden for European settlement, in which potential food and economic plants were trialled during the era of colonisation.

 

Today the gardens are a lush green oasis set against the dramatic pink granite cliffs of Castle Hill, and offer a quiet cool retreat from the nearby city centre. The emphasis of the current plant collection is on colonial ornamental plants with colourful, attractive flowers, foliage or fruit.

 

Townsville residents use its luxuriant gardens for leisure and recreation, while the City Council and community groups use its green splendour to stage a variety of special events.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “A Word a Week Challenge : Garden, Townsville Botanic Garden

  1. Gorgeous! The last shot of the tree is majestic!

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  2. Fabulous shots! I particularly like that of the green bamboo. What a place!

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  3. Pauline, your pictures are always so awesome! These are beautiful. I laughed out loud at Jack in the fig tree. He is such a great subject in your pictures! 🙂

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  4. These gardens are beautiful. I’m going to visit them next time we take a trip to Townsville 😉

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  5. My Dad’s got his gardening book out already!

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  6. Ammazing, absolutely!

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  7. wonderful and exotic! ^^

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  8. Gorgeous photos. Love your format!

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    • Thanks Cindy, I can’t really take to much credit for the format as WordPress make it so easy to do. I like the way the galleries look

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