Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Earth laughs in flowers”. With this in mind, the Hobart Botanical Gardens are having a good giggle! When last did you visit the Botanical Gardens? The gardens are situated in Hobart and surely a must see when in Tasmania. Entrance to the gardens is free; they only ask for gold coin donations. You will be happy to donate a coin once you have indulged in the fresh air, beautiful scenery and enjoyed a relaxing time. With warmer days on the way it may be a good idea to grab a picnic blanket and head to the gardens for some fun family time.

Botanical Gardens - Hobart Entrance

Entrance to Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens: Heaven is a Place on Earth

by Anelda Lötter

One of the most peaceful spots in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for me has always been The Conservatory. The sound of the sandstone water fountain and the beautiful orchids is enough to get you relaxed and enjoying some inner peace. Sit back on one of the benches (there are many benches throughout the entire garden) and read a book or just sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Heavenly!

Botanical Gardens - Hobart Conservatory

The Conservatory: Hobart Botanical Gardens

The gardens have beautiful, gigantic trees which give shadow on a sunny day as an ideal picnic spot. The leaves in autumn are also very beautiful; while in summer all the trees are dressed in green. What is better than to sit on a bench in the shade of a tree and look out over the gardens?

Things to Do: Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are an ideal spot for a picnic, birthday parties, family fun and so much more. The garden has huge open spaces with lush green grass, benches, picnic tables and a gazebo. Even on a very busy day there is more than enough space so that no one will intrude on your picnic or party. There is a variety of different areas in the garden. You can read about the different plants and flowers or ask one of the friendly staff to give you more information.

Botanical Gardens - Flower Clock

Botanical gardens, flower clock: Hobart Tasmania

Just a short distance from the Botanical Gardens Restaurant and Visitor Centre, you will find the Anniversary Arch. This romantic carved arch is at the base of stone steps surrounded by tall shady trees and shrubs with beautiful flowers. When you reach the top of the steps you can overlook the beautiful lily pond where you can also watch the ducks have a bath. Both these are beautiful spots for photos and you will always see lots of people with cameras ready to strike a pose in this magnificent setting.

Botanical Gardens - Anniversary Arch

Anniversary Arch

Indulge Yourself: Botanical Gardens Restaurant

After you have walked every corner of the gardens and been up and down the steps of the Anniversary Arch, you might be a bit thirsty and hungry… all the fresh air or walking exercise? If you did not pack a picnic basket, do not fear! Visit the Botanical Gardens Restaurant and sit either inside or enjoy the views from the outside deck. They serve a variety of food and drinks to feed the body. I confess: the red velvet cake is to die for.

Botanical Gardens - Red Velvet Cake

Botanical Gardens: red velvet cake

Be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens, it will be an unforgettable experience. Where else can you get so much beauty and peace at no cost? Take the kids to kick a ball while you kick off your shoes and relax on a blanket while you listen to the sounds of birds and the laughter of the kids and flowers. Try to “hear” Earth laugh in the beauty of flowers!

Anelda Lötter has her own photography business: Anelda Lötter Photography. She moved from her native South Africa to make her home in Hobart. Once a lawyer, Anelda is passionate about capturing special memories for people and promises good, friendly service. Follow Anelda Lötter Photography on Facebook or phone 0459 192 091 to find out more about her business.

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