Time to wander among the beautiful plants.
As of today (September 23), it’s officially springtime in pretty ol’ land of New Zealand. So, what better way to celebrate than getting out on a sunny day to view some beautiful plants and greenery. [Featured image: Francis Vallance (Heritage Warrior), Flickr].
Christchurch Botanic Gardens is just the place to fulfil this wish. Since we’re in spring now, the daffodils should be on their way thick and fast.
Your best bet is to head to the daffodil woodland. It is said that between 1894 and 1930, a variety of different animals — monkeys, ferrets, kangaroos and even a bear — roamed these spaces. Then, in 1933, over 500,000 daffodil bulbs were planted, and the rest is history. And, damn, does it look spectacular now.
But, the pretty flowers do not stop at the daffodils. Through September, you’ll also be able to catch some other beautiful bloomers. These include rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias and more. As October hits, we’ll be blessed with some vibrant azaleas, Ranunculus and bearded irises. Then, to top of spring and pass the baton to summer in November, we’ll be due some lovely roses and hostas.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a host of lawns — perfect for a picnic once it’s warm enough — and plenty of woodland areas. These boast groups of maritime pines and multiple species of ash all surrounded by green and colourful shrubbery. There’s no shortage of lovely walks in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Add greenhouses, ponds, rock gardens, playgrounds, art and more to these beautiful plants, and you’ve got yourself a star-studded spring day out.
If these sounds like the perfect activity for a zen weekend, then go ahead and pay the nature a visit! You’ll find all the information you need via the Christchurch Botanic Garden website.