CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens were founded in 1863 and are located in the center of the city of Christchurch.
The gardens cover about 51 acres and are situated in a loop of the Avon River.
There is a spectacular attraction at the entrance, the Peacock Fountain (see below).
At the time of my visit in February 2013, the 'Festival of Flowers' was taking place in that botanic garden. Photos of that event are shown on this page.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens also display several works of art that blend appropriately with their surroundings.
Unfortunately the Muegano sculpture was severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake, and had to be removed eventually.
|Standing bronze leaf|
|The Peacock Fountain|
|Giant bronze rose|
|Bronze oak leaves|
|Muegano, by Hector Zamora|
|Flower canopy over path|
|Honey bees on Globe thistle|
For beautiful painted roses and other flowers, please visit this website:
|Heritage rose garden|
|Crepuscule, heirloom climber|
|Hot chocolate floribunda roses|
|Nancy Hayward high climbing rose|
|Leander English rose|
|Creamy heritage rose|
|Perfect Moment hybrid tea rose|
|Anna Olivier rose|
|Canary date palm|
|Golden hornet crabapple|
|Lily of the valley tree|
|Lily of the valley blooms|
|Rimu tree, NZ native|
|Lush and dense rimu needles|
|Sequoia coast redwood|
|Red flowering gum tree|
|Oaks in full bloom|
|Tulip tree trunk|
|Monkey puzzle tree|
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NATIVE SILVER TREE FERN
|Emblem for athletes|
|Silver tree fern top|
|Silver tree fern leaf underside|
|Underside with spores|
|Daffodil woodland, empty in February|
|Not in season in February|
|Native plant garden|
|Upcoming Ellerslie Flower Show|
SLIPPERY JACK (Suillus luteus) is an edible mushroom in the Boletus family. It grows in symbiosis with the roots of conifers. Mine grow around my Eastern Larch (Larix laricina). Every October I harvest some.