Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cork forest.

The arboretum has 94 forest, most of which are very new, but the Cork plantation is 100 years old.  It as set up by Walter Burley Griffin when the city was built.  I've known about it but not seen it before so was fascinated to see it.  They got specialists out from Portugal to harvest the cork.  

And that's the end this trip, will see you next around Christmas time I guess.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

National Bonsai Collection

The National Bonsai Collection is out at the Arboretum too.  While the lady seems fascinated by the little tree, I was amazed at the tiny forests and bonsai of native trees.

Monday, November 23, 2015

National Arboretum

One afternoon we went for a walk around the botanic gardens which has a great display of native plants but I didn't take any photos.  On another we visited the National Arboretum.  I haven't been here before .. it's quite new, officially opened in February 2013.

Had afternoon tea of course!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Floriade 3

 A spot of sculpture and people watching at Floriade.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Floriade 2

 I could show heaps and heaps of tulips but I will resist.  Water is always nice in a garden.

Friday, November 20, 2015


It was the last weekend of Floriade and the truth is there were still plenty of flowers to be seen, I just rather liked this shot of decaying beauty.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Fergie

This one is a Fergie (former Royal), now a restaurant in Gundaroo (35 kms from Canberra).  I remember back in the 70's that they used to run boozy bus tours from Canberra to Gundaroo Pub.