Dunedin Botanic Garden apprentice Nick Coughlan prepares
flowers for planting at the Dunedin Railway Station as part
of a display celebrating the Botanic Garden's 150th
anniversary. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Come January, it will be hard to miss the fact that it is
the Dunedin Botanic Garden's 150th anniversary.
Gardens around the city are having flora planted in the shape
of Botanic Garden features such as the kaka beak flower, the
winter garden glasshouse, the tea kiosk roof, the outline of
a Mt Cook lily and a pyramidal tree like the wellingtonia,
the outline of the bronze cone in the Cedars of Lebanon
Garden, an outline of the sculpture at the entrance of the
Botanic Garden, Sid the sulphur-crested cockatoo from the
aviary, and the words "Dunedin Botanic Garden 150th".
Delta and Botanic Garden staff have spent the past two days
preparing and planting at the Dunedin Railway Station's
Dunedin City Council garden collections supervisor Barbara
Wheeler said by January - peak growing time - the gardens
would offer a picturesque display.
It was planned to coincide with the beginning of the Dunedin
Botanic Garden's 150th celebrations, she said.
A carpet bedding display would also be created at the Botanic
Garden during the week beginning November 19.
Peak growing for this display will be in January-February,
"Hard landscape is being installed at present for this
display. It will be significantly different from the usual
bedding displays bedded out in front of the tea kiosk in the
lower garden and will remain in until April 2013."
She said people should also keep an eye on the Albany St
bedding plot, which would be planted out with its own Botanic
Garden 150th anniversary celebration display in autumn next
"This will be at its peak in August-September 2013."