Posts Tagged ‘garden design’

Entrance to the Arid Lands Botanic Garden

In a dry, dusty corner of the Australian outback, where the yearly rainfall never exceeds 10 inches, an amazing garden is found. On the outskirts of South Australia’s Port Augusta, a determined group of volunteers established the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden in 1993. Designed by landscape architect, Grant Henderson, and set against the stunning backdrop of the Flinders Ranges, this 250 hectare garden features highly evolved plant communities—both fragile and complex—that are found nowhere else on earth.

Arid Land Plants

In addition to tough native grasses and stubby acacia trees, an AridSmart range of colourful and fragrant plants was sourced from Australia’s dry and most remote regions. Selected for their beauty, vigour and toughness, the AridSmart plants decorate the gardens and are sold to those who wish to plant a waterwise garden of their own.


Soak up the sounds and scents of Australia’s arid heart as you explore this unique plant collection – one that offers a haven to over 150 bird species. Browse a great gift shop and enjoy the views from the licensed garden cafe with coffee, or a glass of chilled wine with bush flavoured food. Open 7 days with free admission you can purchase plants here,¬† conduct research, or just immerse yourself in Australia’s fascinating arid zone.

 Coffee at the visitor's centre

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Carnival of Flowers 3

For ten glorious days in October, the garden city of Toowoomba plays host to a Carnival of Flowers. Australia’s most populated inland city is nestled high in the woodlands, along the crest of the Great Dividing Mountain Range. Boasting more than 150 parks and gardens, Toowoomba enjoys four distinct seasons, rich deposits of volcanic soil, and an altitude suitable for growing an endless variety of trees and flowers.

Festival of Flowers

During the carnival, the city bursts into life with visitors from near and far as they enjoy the Grand Parade of floral floats, marching brass and pipe bands, and street performances. Everyone enters enthusiastically  into the various garden competitions. The carnival agenda always culminates with a visit to Queens Park, to enjoy and photograph breathtaking displays of floral designs, set out in a riot of shapes and colours.

Toowoomba Festival

A not-to-be-missed visit to Picnic Point and the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese Garden will further enhance each visit. The carnival’s floral and garden design classes, the accompanying wine and locally grown food festival, superb restaurants and cafes, and concerts galore, all add to Toowoomba’s unique celebration of nature, in all her glory.

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