Sharing The Peapod's Travel Adventures...

The Auckland Arboretum

Print the article

This entry was posted on 12/8/2006 1:56 AM and is filed under New Zealand.

After our trip to the Museum in Auckland, we continued to walk through the large park and chanced upon this lovely arboretum / botanical garden...





The entry had a pond with lily pads like you wouldn't believe!  Huge big platters of green - the largest was probably about 4 feet in diameter (or about 1.5 meters, eh?)...



Here are some of the more unusual flowers we saw...




This flowering plant was cool not only because it was so beautiful, but also because of how it grew.  First the blossom was like a little cone, pointing upward; then it opened like a starfish pointing up too; but when it was in full bloom, somehow it had reversed to point downward.  How did it do that?



The blossoms were pinkish red as above, and in orange, like this...







These next we think are called paper maples, or something like that.  They grow in SB, but  never look this good - and we'd never seen the purple...



What about these crazy beautiful orange things!



up close and personal...



(Evelyn's arm's length photo in the garden...)



As we left the main building, we then came to the FERNERY.  Ever heard of a fernery before?  Well - New Zealand is big on their ferns...



The picture below doesn't do
justice to this neat place at all.  It was like walking through a mystical glen from the Lord of the Rings.  Dark, with shafts of light streaming through, and variety after amazing variety of fern fern fern along winding paths under arbors and below giant tree ferns.





 

What did you think of this article?




Trackbacks
Trackback specific URL for this entry
  • No trackbacks exist for this post.
Comments

    Leave a comment

    Submitted comments are subject to moderation before being displayed.

     Name

     Email (will not be published)

     Website

    Your comment is 0 characters limited to 3000 characters.