What could top the flower show? A visit to the Botanic Gardens…
The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens are just on the opposite side of the river. A short 15 minute bus ride over the Tasman Bridge.
Again it is a perfect day. I think you may be getting bored with my constant reference to the weather but every day I wake up and can hardly believe it when I look out of the window, blue skies, sunny and calm.
The gardens cover 14 hectares (34.6 acres) and were established in 1818. As I walk toward the entrance gate I am overwhelmed by the glory and colour of the many mature trees clothed in autumn splendour. They glow in the sun.
The first area I come to is the Japanese Garden. It is tranquil. It is a symphony of colour and form. There is the delicate red bridge arching over the gently rippling water way with the water cascading over the rocks. The stone paths meander past camelias, up steps, round corners, each turn presenting another vista of harmony. I am entranced. I am pleased I have a large memory card in the camera.
Suddenly the peace is shattered, scores of school children invade the area. They rush here and there, they chatter and laugh. I stand back and enjoy watching their antics. I think some of them actually look at and enjoy the views, most of them are just enjoying a day out of the confines of the classroom.
I walk on across perfect green lawns. Some rather strange sculptures catch my eye. Are they stacking wood to prepare for a harsh winter?
This is what the web page for the gardens has to say…
The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century.
It also has an increasing number of important conservation collections of Tasmanian plants and the world’s only Subantarctic Plant House.
Prior to European settlement local Aboriginal tribes used the site, and traces of their occupation are still apparent. A number of historic structures, including two convict-built walls, date back to the Gardens’ earliest days.
The Botanical Gardens Restaurant, in one of the loveliest locations for any restaurant in Tasmania, combines with an extensive program of activities and events as well as year-round displays combine to offer the visitor a great Tasmanian experience.
I spent 5 hours totally immersed in the wonder of this magnificent botanic garden. I took 255 photos, it was a photographers dream location. I tried to capture the grandeur of the huge mature trees and the vibrant colours of autumn. I scuffed my way through the leaves almost ankle-deep under the majestic oak trees and the sound took me back to the memory of my English child-hood.
I did not see all the areas so I will definately be visiting again before we go home.
It had been a fantastic day filled with memorable visions. As I left the gardens I looked across the road at the Tasman Bridge. The light was perfect and the reflections magical I had to catch them.
SO, I walked back over the bridge to the East side. I almost bit off more than I could chew. That bridge is quite long and has a steep camber. When I finally reached the east side I asked a cyclist which would be the shortest route to Eastlands, the shopping complex, I planned to pick up some groceries.
“Oh just follow this road, it goes round a couple of corners and over a hill” he said
Well I will just say I don’t plan to walk over the bridge again….