I’ve been in Australia for less than a week and already I’m madly in love with the gardens here. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is tucked between the leafy preserve of Hyde Park and the sunny, blue expanse of the Harbo[u]r. Admission is free and it’s open from 7am to 7pm just about every day. The Botanic Gardens are an inspiring and quite popular place for a morning run. My favorite part is the Palace Rose Garden, which features over 300 varieties of roses.
The Hunter Valley Display Gardens, located on Pokolbin Road in the center of the valley’s well-known viticultural region (only about 2 hours northwest of Sydney) are astonishingly beautiful. These gardens comprise a number of separate displays and themes, each of which is a small gem in its own right. The rose garden area features several impressive topiary sculptures and is always awash in smells more heavenly than any rose garden I’ve ever visited. The Chinese garden (usually not my favorite) is also memorable, a tiny haven of serenity complete with a koi pond and an ornamental bridge. This facility is open from 9am to 5pm daily. The cost for an all day pass is a hefty AUD$50 per person, but for anyone with serious gardening aspirations, I’d say it is well worth it. I wish I could have spent some more time there.SHARE THIS ARTICLE