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Published: April 5th 2016
Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens
Throughout the gardens there are many colourful displays to catch the eye.
Hervey bay has a moderate climate year round, but it can get hot mid summer as we experienced some years back. So, on hot days the Botanical Gardens always give a very pleasant cool and shady spot to enjoy.
There are ponds with fountains, a quaint Bush Chapel, a Japanese Water Garden, a variety of birds to spot in and around the water ways, and many flowering trees and shrubs to enjoy.
Probably, from our perspective, the best feature is the orchid display. On any day, you will see maybe 200 varieties of plants making this a very worthwhile spot to spend an hour or so. To keep this display fully up to scratch, it is backed up by green houses holding around 20,000 plants.
Interspersed with the orchids are many unusual foliage plants, and we found these quite intriguing as well. Not being a botanist or even a green thumb, I'll just let the camera do the talking for this blog. There is a small cover charge to enter, and access is Monday to Friday which we found odd in a major tourist centre. So, plan ahead and you will find a helpful volunteer running the display
The Orchid House
One of the more unusual orchids, both in colour and form.
who will point out plants of significance. For example, all you green thumbs, Marg and I were shown an oxalis plant, best known as a very pest and weed, but in this case, it could enhance any garden. Look for the picture!
Some of the orchids on display this week have flowers so small you can barely see them. The Orchid House supplies a large magnifying glass to allow a close up view. These tiny flowers have those same attractive shapes and markings as their big cousins. The flowers on display include Australian Native Orchids as well as those imported from around the world. Some a little bizarre, others quaint, many bold and beautiful.
Although not locally made, they have for sale real orchids preserved for ever with a clear coating. These are either broaches or pendants, and my travelling companion is now sporting one where ever she goes. Photo of broach is below.
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