Monday, 15 July 2013

Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens

In an effort to get to know our new local area (and to celebrate my birthday) we visited a fairly small but beautiful botanic gardens down a very steep hill from the main strip of shops at Mount Tamborine.  It is mostly run by volunteers who tend the garden on a weekly basis.  The climate is a little more temperate that where we live, making it possible for some of the cooler climate plants to flourish.  It's well worth a visit and is off the beaten track enough that it is not crowded, it's free (donation box available though) and well looked after.  While still beautiful in winter, the gardens would look amazing in spring.  Here are some photos from our visit:
We were greeted at the entrance by a kookaburra
It seemed they were stalking us the whole way through

Grotesques at the start of the walkway

A lovely calm place to sit and meditate

Not part of the gardens but a glimpse of turret attached to someone's house, complete with weathervane

Wait-a-while palm - see the hooks?

I didn't get very close before this cute little wallaby scarpered into the bush

Camellia providing bee food

Striking orange of (Kniphofia uvaria)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

One lonely violet flower


Bromeliads, and the really interesting trunk of the Kapok/Silk Cotton Tree (Ceiba bombax)


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