Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bottle Trees and Public Gardens

When I was a child, I remember seeing pictures of "bottle trees" and I was very taken with both the shape and the name. They came from Western Australia (WA) and Queensland, which was a very long way from where I lived in the east coast; in fact I live closer to New Zealand than I do to WA.

So imagine my surprise when I visited the botanical gardens in the town near to where I live and I find that the "Australian" garden section has the Boab trees! These trees are unique and their shape is why they were nicknamed, "bottle trees."

They store water in their 'bottle" trunk.For more information about these trees click here at .

Back in the day, in 1851 to be precise, when the botanical gardens were created, not one single native Australian plant was planted. Back then, it was set out to be very British. Fast forward 180 years and times have changed. Now there is a 'heritage' garden, which recognises the origins of the gardens and the entrance is now the '21st Century' garden. This garden celebrates 'arid' plants from around the world.

These metal 'trees' are pretty crazy!Public gardens are a lovely and peaceful place to visit. I have visited the Singapore Botanical gardens, the Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, Central Park in New York, Hyde Park in London and loved them all.

Do you visit gardens when you are on vacation or do you visit gardens in your home town? I'd love to hear about them!

Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin and Carina Press. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes and often found collapsed on the couch with wine. You can find her at her websitefacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

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Mary Preston said...

When I lived in Sydney I'd wander through The Royal Botanic Garden quite a lot. Very beautiful.

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Pat Cochran said...

I don't usually visit gardens when I am in
other cities. I guess it is because Houston
(my city) has been mentioned as one of the
"greenest" of cities. We lost thousands of
trees in Hurricane IKE a few years ago, yet
we are still known for our greenness! BTW,
I usually am drawn more to the history of an

Pat C.