Wellington Botanic Garden

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101 Glenmore Street, Wellington, New Zealand
04-499 1400
Wellington Botanic Garden - Peace Flame
Wellington Botanic Garden - The roses had not yet bloomed
Wellington Botanic Garden - Some of the headstones
Wellington Botanic Garden - While walking on the pedestrian bridge that went over the motorway, from the gardens/cemetry, I looked down next to the buildings and saw these.

Wellington Botanic Garden Reviews

RainyDayToast RainyDay…
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Wellington Botanical Gardens Feb 27, 2010
Found the botanical gardens very boring... in fact barely seen any gardens at all. Place was more like a lawn/barren area. Found this an interesting contrast to the way Wellington city itself is covered with lovely, and interesting art work. We took the cable car up which I would recommend. I'm sure if we kept walking we would have come to something more interesting.

From the website:

"The Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

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."
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shirlan shirlan
74 reviews
Beautiful Aug 18, 2008
We were going to take the cable car from Lambton Quay,to the top of the gardens but the cable cars were closed for maintenance. We went to the top by taxi instead. From there we walked to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden where there is a tea house. A beautiful place to sit and enjoy the surroundings. So many roses! There is also the Peace Flame Garden which contains the preserved fires from the atomic holocaust at Hiroshima.

We only saw a small part of the gardens but would love to see the rest one day. I am therefore only going to mention the bits that I saw.

The Begonia House, Shop and Garden Cafe is self explanitory.

As we kept walking toward the city we were surprised to find a cemetry. Apparently, Bolton St., Memorial Park. The land was set aside in 1840 and for 50 years it was administered as three seperate cemetries - Church of England, Jewish and public. It was closed in 1892 except for new burials on existing family plots.

It was then closed to the public from 1968 to 1971. About 3,700 burials were exhumed to allow construction for the urban motorway. Most of the remains now lie in a large vault beneath the Early Settlers Memorial Lawn situated behind the chapel which is open daily 10a.m. to 4p.m.

I found this to be an extrodinary thing to find while walking through a botanical garden.
Peace Flame
The roses had not yet bloomed
Some of the headstones
While walking on the pedestrian br…
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Koralifix says:
Nice discovery. Hope you could go back soon :)
Posted on: Jan 22, 2009

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