Photo: The Palm House, Adelaide Botanic Garden
No. 1 on the Adelaide City Map: Places to Visit.
Situated in the North East of the city Central Business District, the Adelaide Botanic Garden is a beautiful respite from the business of city life. With trees dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, flowers, plants and a rich heritage, making it a great place to visit.
Not only featuring a wide diversity of trees, plants and flowers, there is art and architecture on display as well. Statues, fountains, heritage buildings, modern artworks and a museum, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, can all be experienced here.
One of the most spectacular is the Bicentennial Conservatory. The largest single span glass house in the Southern Hemisphere, it houses endangered rain forest species from the many forests of Eastern Australia. There are three glass houses in the garden in total.
Opened in 1881, this museum played an important role in establishing Australia as the agricultural powerhouse it is today, teaching farmers about viable fruit crops as well as how to minimise waste. Recently restored and refurbished, there are displays that date all the way back to its origin back in the 19th Century.
With plants from the island of Madagascar
An energy-efficient glass palace, dedicated to the Victoria amazonica waterlily. Growing large flowers up to thirty centimeters in diameter and a lilypad up to 165 centimeters in width.
There are regular tours available here at regular times. You can also take self guided tours of the park, with brochures available from the Visitor Information Centre.
Visit their website: Botanic Gardens of South Australia
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Photo: Bicentennial Conservatory with its Rain Forest Tall Trees
Photo: Main Gate to the Garden on the North Terrace, Adelaide CBD