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  Wellington Botanic Garden.

AddressThe Botanic Garden is minutes from downtown Wellington, and is easily accessed. There are many entrances to the garden including from Glenmore Street, Salamanca Road, Upland Road and the cable car. The only public vehicle access is through Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street.
RegionWellington Region
Privately owned or publicPublic
PhoneTreehouse visitor centre phone: (04) 499 1400
Fax(04) 499 1903
Contact PersonThe Treehouse manager will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person
HoursTreehouse Visitor Centre: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm (Closed weekends, public holidays and 29 - 31 December 2010) Begonia House Gift Shop October - March daily 9.00am - 5.00pm April - September daily 9.00am - 4.00pm (Closed 1 January, Good Friday, 25 April until 1.00pm, 25 December)
Garden SizeThe Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape.
PriceEntry is free.
Brochure Available?Yes.
ParkingThe only public vehicle access is through Centennial entrance on Glenmore Street.
ToiletsToilets are located in the main garden and behind the Begonia House.
Food AvailablePicnic café is in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Phone: (04) 472 6002 Website: Refreshments, snacks and meals are also available at the restaurants and cafés in nearby Tinakori Road or in Kelburn, not far from the top of the Cable Car.
Cafe/Restaurant available?Yes
SeatingThere are seats throughout the Garden.
PicnicsThere are several lawns and attractive spots for picnics and there are also picnic tables and toilets at the Playground. Barbeques are not permitted in the Garden.
Wheelchair AccessGenerally the Botanic Garden is hilly, but the following areas are wheelchair friendly: * at the top of the Cable Car * Lady Norwood Rose Garden * Glenmore Street main entrance. Mobility scooters are available free of charge from the Begonia House.
Dogs AllowedDogs are welcome, provided they are on a lead and owners clean up after them.
Children AllowedMinutes from the Treehouse Visitor Centre, the children’s play area is a perennial favourite with generations of Wellingtonians. It is particularly popular with families and school groups.
AccommodationWe are happy to recommend local accommodation in the area.
WeddingsFunctions as well as photo sessions must be pre-booked. Small weddings - of around 20-30 guests - can be held almost anywhere in the Garden. Large weddings may be held on the Dell and Soundshell lawns, Puriri and Linden lawns by the Duck Pond and on Remembrance Ridge. Begonia House is available for weddings after 5.00pm. Wedding photos can be taken anywhere in the Garden (bookings necessary), but there are restrictions in the Lily House. Confetti, rice and flower petals are not allowed anywhere in the Garden. Marquees can be erected on the Dell lawn only. The Garden does not provide marquees.
Plant/Other SalesBotanic Garden Shop The shop is in the Begonia House. It has an extensive selection of New Zealand gifts and crafts, practical garden products, accessories, books, cards and hand-made jewellery. Shop Hours October - March: 9.00am - 5.00pm April - September: 9.00am - 4.00pm (Closed 1 and 2 January, Good Friday, 25 April until 1.00pm, and 25 and 26 December)
Guided ToursTours happen every third Sunday and fourth Monday of the month. Experienced guides lead tours that are tailored to each group. Tours leave from a number of points around the Garden. The cost is $4. Check the events calendar for details.
Function center?Yes
Other FacilitiesThere are glow-worms in the Main Garden, from the Duck Pond up to Glen Road alongside Pukatea Stream.
They can only be seen at night; the best time to spot them is in spring, after rain.
Guided glow-worm tours are available at various times throughout the year. Check the events calendar for details.
There are many sculptures in the gardens. Artists featured include Henry Moore, Andrew Drummond, Paul Dibble and Chris Booth.
There are also several unique fountains and sundials. New Zealand's place for space, the Carter Observatory, is near the Cable Car entrance.


The Garden

In 1844, the New Zealand Company set aside a 5.26 hectare strip of land for a Botanic Garden reserve. At that time the land was covered in dense podocarp forest including rimu, totara and matai.
The Garden was established in 1868 and managed by the New Zealand Institute. Trees growing today on Druid Hill and Magpie Spur grew from seedlings planted at this time, and are some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand.
In the 1870s the fledgling garden was boosted with a further 21.85 hectares of reserve. Wellington City Council has managed the Botanic Garden since 1891.
The garden features an Australian Garden,Begonia House,Bolton Street Memorial Park with heritage rose collection,Camellias,exotic forest,Fragrant Garden,Herb Garden,Horseshoe Bend,Hydrangea Gully,Lady Norwood Rose Garden,magnolias,Maori Flax Collection,native forest,ornamental grasses,perennials,rhododendrons,rock gardens,cacti and succulents.
It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.

The Gardener

There is a lively group of volunteers who make an important contribution to the Garden. While some donate a few hours each month, other volunteers are in the Garden weekly. Volunteers help in many different ways. Their time and effort ranges from planting and pruning to leading guided tours. People from all over the world come to volunteer for a day or several months.
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Lady Norwood Rose Garden Set around an heritage fountain, this formally styled rose garden has over 3,000 roses. There is a mix of modern and traditional varieties.
The Begonia House has lush tropical and temperate plants including a variety of vibrant large blooming tuberous begonias, orchids, hippeastrum, lotus and tropical lillies.
The Main Garden begins just inside the Founders gates on Glenmore Street and includes the fenced-off duck pond, with seating,
The fragrant garden is just below the Treehouse Visitor Centre, this aromatic garden is a wonderful place to stop and sniff.
Magnolias fringe the Sound Shell lawn and William Bramley Drive. The waxy blooms erupt between late winter and early spring.
The Main Garden contains several major plant collections and seasonal beds.
The Main Garden begins just inside the Founders gates on Glenmore Street and it is at its best in spring when there is a blazing mass of 25,000 tulips.
The Treehouse Visitor Centre provides information and houses the Garden's administration office. There is a seminar room and exhibition area that can be booked for seminars and workshops, but not social events. The seminar room seats up to 45 people in a theatre style seating arrangement, or 20 people around tables.
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