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Winter in Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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by Jane McKinnon (subscribe)
I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published May 29th 2018
Beauty abounds in the Botanical Gardens
It's the end of May and the weather is turning cold. Rain is my nightmare sometimes. Holding an umbrella and camera can be difficult.

So today I enlisted my husband as the umbrella holder, (and camera bag holder). The weather was threatening storms, rain and hail later. But the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in the city were calling, maybe with not as much colour as in spring, but greenery is everywhere.

Remember do not feed the bird life in the Botanic Gardens or any of the gardens. They can easily find their food, that is why they are coming into these gardens.

Free guided tours are available daily departing at 10.30am (except Good Friday, Christmas Day and days forecast over 36ºC)

mushroom season

There was a bit of a shower so we popped into the Bicentennial Conservatory, as did a school group.

Greenery as far as you can see

The Conservatory was built 30 years ago. It's a beautiful structure to see as you drive by, and especially to walk through.


Soon the clouds parted and the sun was back. We finished walking around without any more showers. Some days you just have to take a leap of faith. The reflections of brown and green in the pond were beautiful.

The raindrops on everything did look wonderful and the coffee at the cafe is always refreshing. Café Fibonacci is open daily from 10am – 4pm (winter trading hours are weather-dependent).

Simpson Kiosk is open daily between 10am and 4pm. It's such a nice place to sit by yourself to rest or read a book, or to meet someone there for lunch or a green tea.

Flowers along the bank.

There is not a lot of water running in the stream there yet but I am sure when winter hits it will be flowing.

The Palm House is 141 years young. It is the last remaining glasshouse of its kind in the world. It is under renovation and they are removing plants that are no longer suitable. They will be putting in a Madagascan plant collection displaying a wider and richer representation of the endangered flora from Madagascar. The Palm House will be closed for the works from Monday 16 April until November, but you can still roll down the green grass on the other side. My children loved to do that.

roses in bloom
Roses are Red

It was worth taking a look at the roses. The gardeners were there planting out new sections so you can look forward to seeing the colours and getting a whiff of fragrance as you walk around.

Bees are great workers

There were not a lot of bees today. All in all it was a good 2 hours walk and nice to get out after a shower and get some fresh air.

Abstract and nature

The colours in winter are truly bold and beautiful. You just have to stop and take a look. There are about eight different types of gardens to see, depending on the season. A must is the Dahlia Garden, east of the Santos Museum. It is awash with colour in late summer. It is bare at the moment with just the green hedge surrounding the area. It is waiting for the next planting.

Dead flowers
Browns of winter

Just a reminder. Our green gardens are for the enjoyment of everyone and a place of peace and quiet for some. Children from school go there to learn and it is a place of work for others. So remember the rules.

You must not:
- Bring dogs or other pets into the Gardens
- Fly drones in or above the Gardens - ring them if you need to get more information on this. I know drones are the newest way to take amazing photographs.
- Ride bikes / bicycles, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades
- Drive vehicles into the Gardens.
- Enter garden beds
- Bring BBQs into the Gardens.
- Damage or remove plants
- Play ball or throwing games
- Bring alcohol into the Gardens.

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Why? Adelaide Botanic Gardens are still beautiful in winter.
When: Open 7 days a week, check times on website
Phone: (08) 8222 9311
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: free
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Love your imagery Jane!
I must find an umbrella carrying husband too :)
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Beautiful photos Jane!
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