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,
Dunedin Botanic Garden - Lower 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.


Featured Dunedin Botanic Garden Events

HortTalk - Minding Our Bees ‘n Wax

HortTalk - Minding Our Bees ‘n Wax

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

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State of Our Nation’s Soil Health and Biochar

State of Our Nation’s Soil Health and Biochar

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 4 November 2016

By Dennis Enright and Annie Broadfoot A tag team talk that looks at the new direction of Soil and Health and its strengthening partnership with Biogro plus the many uses of Biochar! Biochar is one tool for mitigating... More...

HortTalk - From Pruning to Harvest: a Year In the Life

HortTalk - From Pruning to Harvest: a Year In the Life

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 5 August 2016

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HortTalk - Flora of Israel: Fascinating Flora

HortTalk - Flora of Israel: Fascinating Flora

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Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 2 September 2016

By Barbara Wheeler, Collections Supervisor, Dunedin Botanic Garden During a two-week study scholarship in 2000 Barbara visited a wide range of natural habitats and cultivated gardens. Her photos take us on a tour of... More...

Horttalk - Digging the Dirt On Soil

Horttalk - Digging the Dirt On Soil

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin

Friday 7 October 2016

By Lisa Short, Horticulture Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic “It takes half a millennium to build two centimetres of living soil and only seconds to destroy it.” Lisa introduces soil basics to help you get the most out... More...

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