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Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington: 16 reviews and 40 photos

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  • Lady Norwood Rose Garden - Wellington
  • View of the rose garden from the herb garden. - Wellington
      View of the rose garden from the herb garden.
    by Kakapo2

I am a big fan of Rose Gardens because roses are such rewarding plants, flowering throughout most of the year, from early spring until early winter, and you can walk around and admire the huge array of colours and smell the ever-changing scents. And watch young sparrows bathing in dirt under the plants ;-)

This garden in Wellington's Botanic Garden, opened in 1953, is named after Lady Norwood, the wife of former Mayor Sir Charles Norwood. It is made up of 106 formal beds, each containing a different cultivar. Outside those beds you find collections of patio roses, David Austin roses and a trial area for new cultivars.

If I had to rate the rose gardens I know in New Zealand, however, I would rate Christchurch as number one, due to its magic location. The rose garden there is surrounded by high hedges, and you have access through arches, covered in climbing roses. So it has the feeling of a secret garden, isolated from the outside world. Here in Wellington there is a carpark nearby, and you see the cars moving. Not that it is noisy ? just a little minus for the not so perfect atmosphere.

Photo 2 is a nearly aerial view of the rose garden, taken from a higher section of the Botanic Garden.

Address: Tinakori Road, Wellington.
Directions: Centennial Entrance, from the city centre towards Karori on Bowen St/Tinakori Rd/Glenmore St.
Phone: (04) 499 1400
Website: http://friendswbg.org.nz/downhill9.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 15, 2008
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