Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

This is a big varied garden just across the road from the river. It has grassy knolls overlooking lotus filled lakes, tree filled areas and nice views over the city.
It is beautifully maintained and it is possible to take a gondola ride around the lake. (They don’t sing opera, though!)
  
  
  
Make sure you walk up the hill to Guilfoyle’s Volcano, which has a fantastic collection of succulents and cacti around it. A nice day out from city sight-seeing.

The Rose Garden, Queens Park, Invercargill

We visited the rose garden on 24th January.

The end of January must surely be the best time of year to visit here.

It was full of colour and perfume, from stunning arches of cascading blooms,

To individual beautiful roses…..

Old Port,


City of Invercargill,

Raspberry Ice,

Summer Dream,

Lemon Honey,

Minehaha,

Pink Sun Rose

Paola,

Eldorado.


  I honestly think that this is the most beautiful Rose garden that I have ever visited.