Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand. It is a lovely place for a stroll through a range of gardens,
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Walking in the Dunedin Botanic Garden

Dunedin Botanic Garden

Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand. It is a lovely place for a stroll through a range of gardens, in a native forest setting. From the formal garden beds to the hillside native forest, the 28 hectares contain over 6,800 plant species. In 2010 it was recognised as a Garden of International Signficance for its excellence as a public garden as well as for its botanical collections.

The beautiful Edwardian Winter Garden Glasshouse - containing tropicals, sub-tropicals, cacti and succulents - is a feature of the flat lower botanic garden. For a hands-on experience, the herb garden provides a delightful array of scents and textures as well as information on traditional uses for herbs. Nearby are the formal rose garden and camellia collection. Lindsay Creek rambles alongside the rock garden which basks in afternoon sun.

Crossing the creek, well formed paths lead to the native plant collection, which includes threatened plants, alpine and wetland plants as well as native forest species. Adjacent to the native plant collection in the upper botanic garden is the geographic collection with plants from Africa, America, Asia and Australia. From its earliest days, Dunedin Botanic Garden has featured a renowned Rhododendron Dell.

The Dunedin Botanic Garden experience is rounded out by beautiful hillside views, sunny manicured lawns, a bird aviary displaying native and exotic birds, information centre selling postcards and a café.

The garden is located in North Dunedin, just over two kilometres from the Octagon. A regular bus service operates from the city centre to the north end past the botanic garden.

The garden is open daily from dawn till dusk and entry is free.


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HortTalk - Blue Mountain Nurseries

HortTalk - Blue Mountain Nurseries

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 1 May 2015

Blue Mountain Nurseries – the history of a southern gem By Denis Hughes, General Manager and New Plant Development, Blue Mountain Nurseries One of the country’s oldest nurseries, Blue Mountain has seen the... More...

HortTalk - New Zealand Natives Used In the Manufacture

HortTalk - New Zealand Natives Used In the Manufacture

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 5 June 2015

By Rua McCallum, Public Programmes Developer, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Rua presents an insight into the traditional uses of native plants and an appreciation of the plants used for constructing pre-colonial... More...

HortTalk - Spring in the North – A Visit to Taranaki Spring

HortTalk - Spring in the North – A Visit to Taranaki Spring

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Friday 7 August 2015

By Tom Myers, Botanist, Dunedin Botanic Garden Last year scientists and citizens researched Dunedin Botanic Garden’s biological life as part of the NZ International Science Festival. Come and hear about the... More...

HortTalk - BioBlitz – Studying Life in Dunedin Botanic Garde

HortTalk - BioBlitz – Studying Life in Dunedin Botanic Garde

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 7 August 2015

By Tom Myers, Botanist, Dunedin Botanic Garden Last year scientists and citizens researched Dunedin Botanic Garden’s biological life as part of the NZ International Science Festival. Come and hear about the... More...

HortTalk - Delta Delights – Dunedin’s Top Notch Bedding

HortTalk - Delta Delights – Dunedin’s Top Notch Bedding

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 4 September 2015

By Rebecca Thomson, Head Gardener Delta Utility Services A pictorial showcase of bedding displays past and present that take street art to ground level. This Otago Polytechnic graduate reveals the inspiration and... More...

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