If you live in the western suburbs, or have had occasion to travel the Western Freeway, you will most certainly have noticed all the construction with Legacy Way coming to life. A bonus to the construction that is almost ended is the new garden portion of the Brisbane Botanical Garden at Mt Coot-tha. You will be pleased to know that the time has arrived and you don't have to drive slowly by trying to catch a glimpse of what the secret garden will look like.
The gardens officially opened on Sunday, May 17 so now on any day of the week you can wander to your heart's content. You can make your way around the café through to the old lagoon, where the beautiful water lilies are starting to show shades of purple and the water fowl squawk noisily at each other as you saunter by. You will find the new entrance on the other side of the old lagoon.
You can, however, enter from various spots throughout the original portion of the garden but for today, this is a special moment when you can walk in and take your time, relishing everything that is new.
The curving sidewalks carry you on the Conservation Walk past numerous native Australian plants and trees. A guided walk by one of the numerous volunteers will help fill in any information you need. To check out times for the walks you can go to the website and look for the botanical garden.
There are picnic tables to sit and contemplate life. Maybe you can play a game of chess or two with a mate, or perhaps you can watch your kids at the new playground or impress your sweetheart with your botanical knowledge. There are numerous water fountains, a bonus on a hot day. The dry river beds look prepared for large amounts of rain that can fall in a day in Brisbane.
Some things planted are quite mature, some are small yet and others will take a few years to grow. It will be worth going back over and over and over to see how the gardens fare. You can almost picture it in your mind. The mature trees providing shade, the palms all grown, blowing in the light breezes casting shadows on the ground. For now though, check out what is there, take some photos and prepare to come back year after year, and watch it all mature.
The grounds have a lovely flow as it carries you past the first of 2 lagoons, up the long, incline past the new bank of toilets to where the sound wall works magic and you can barely hear the traffic of the Western Freeway. Meander some more and find yourself heading towards the black tower that has an amazing architectural feel to it. Look back from time to time and see how the lovely design has led you here.