There is much to discover at Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and what better way to start than joining in on the free guided tours by Friends of the Botanic Gardens. It was a lovely summer's day last Thursday and we decided to do just that.
We met our volunteer guide, Minnie, at the Lower Car Park at 10:30am. After a brief introduction, we headed off for a leisurely stroll stopping every so often to learn more about particular plants. I must say Minnie was very knowledgeable and she even came prepared with visuals and samples to aid our understanding.
Did you know that one of the trees in the garden actually has three different leaf patterns? An unusual species indeed. Or, have you touched the ear of a lamb before? Lambs Ears is currently in flower and so are the sunflowers and hydrangeas. Berries are also out now but please don't try to eat them as the red ones especially could be toxic to humans. The pond is a delight this time of the year too with its floating water lilies.
Besides plants, several sculptures can also be found dotted around the garden. We indulged our artistic side while Minnie explained the significance of Greg Johns' Guardian Figures. Johns is one of the most successful contemporary sculptors in Australia.
Our tour went for just over an hour and it was definitely time well spent. Parking is available for either $1 per hour or $4 per day. If you're like me and don't carry much cash around, you'll be pleased to know that the ticket machine does accept credit/debit cards too. The tour itself, as well as entry to the garden, is free.