04 March 2012

Ballarat Botanic Gardens, Victoria

One of two formal entrances to Ballarat Botanic Gardens.  Stated here "located on the western shore of picturesque Lake Wendouree".

 ...but when I visited in June, 2008, this was drought-stricken Lake Wendouree. To think as I write this, "thousands are in evacuation centres across NSW, Victoria" due to extensive flooding. Today's ABC News item here.

 and the boatsheds

The re-located cottage, home to poet Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870).  Further reading via PoemHunter



One of "all 25 Australian Prime Ministers set within the magnificent Horse Chestnut Avenue".  
Sir Robert Gordon Menzies

Hoop Pine

Sharing with  Scenic Sunday


TexWisGirl said...

i had heard of the flooding going on there. 2012 already is delivering plenty of extreme weather.

i like that garden entrance. :)

Jan Castle said...

lovely flowers!!! I actually saw a few flowers in bloom today...spring is just around the corner for us here in Salem, OR, USA....woo hoo!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great arched entrance to the Botanical gardens. I love the flowers and the Hoop pine.
It seems there is extreme weather all over the world. Lots of tornadoes in the US the last couple of days. We've had mild weather where I live.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have been in Victoria for the best part of 20 years now - I'm still waiting for an average weather year!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Nadege, said...

Amazing pine tree, the cyclamen look gorgeous.
Doesn't look too good over in NSW and Victoria right now.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful post, I love the tree and the beautiful flower display! Happy Scenic Sunday!

Brian King said...

Love that archway and the Hoop Pine! Beautiful flowers, too!

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Lovely shots of these special gardens. We do live in a country of extremes and the floods alternating with the droughts certainly show how much we are at the mercy of our climate...

Cindy Adkins said...

Gorgeous flowers and trees!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous shots! I love the arch in the first one and the two of tree branches, simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post.

Regards and best wishes