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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hunter Valley Garden

This visit to Hunter Valley dates back to December 2007, long before my venture into Bloggerhood. This was also the visit that got me falling head over heels for a  Botanic Garden! If your genie could grant you only one visit to a botanic garden in Australia, wish for the Hunter Valley Garden. Seriously!

I had seen two other gardens in Sydney just days before heading for the wine country to stop at certain vineyards and taste the locally produced wine. The Hunter Valley region is famous for its deep red shiraz, we were told. It was actually a last-minute decision to visit the Hunter Valley Garden, but I'm so glad we didn't give it a miss.

There were lots and lots of lovely thematic gardens to see in Hunter Valley Garden. You would feel like a kid in a candy store. We walked more than 8 kilometres along the walkways leading from one 'garden room' to another.

The Formal Garden is splendid

Sunny weather for Santa here Down-under.

I like this look so much that I've got some ducks to place near my new border in my garden.

Now this I wouldn't be able to recreate in my garden!
At the Rose Garden...just luv-er-ly!
There were thousands and thousands of roses...all as pretty as this one.

Look at how fresh the roses look in the summer sun.

These plants must have had the best care in the world...healthy leaves, perfect blooms

We are of course in Story Book Garden.

And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Familiar nursery rhyme?

She has a familiar pose...

So serene...

This is my favourite view looking out from the cafe where we had a fine lunch.

The variety of native plants...
The vivid colours...

A splendid lake view...

A quiet summer gazebo...

There are just too many favourite photographs in my Hunter Valley Garden album that I want to share with you. Can't post all of them so I'll just drag myself away now. Hope you are inspired to add a feature or two or an idea for your garden from the photographs above.


  1. I had not heard of this place before...Then again, I have never yet been to Australia. The formal garden in the first picture looks great!

  2. The latest issue of How to Find Great Plants is here and your tall slipper plant post is listed (such an elegant and exotic looking bloom)! Thanks so much for participating, I hope you will again next month. Here’s the issue:

    I can see why you love this botanical garden so much! Too bad it is so far away for me. I also love the arrangement with the geese. :)

  3. @ College Gardener - Oprah WInfrey's audience who went to Sydney with her, visited this garden, I was told.

    @ Eliza - Thanks for the update. Will certainly participate next month. I have an arrangement in my garden like this, except they are ducks, not geese.


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