One of spring’s many joys is the mass golden flowering of kowhai trees around our streets, parks and gardens.
Early blossom lifts the jaded winter heart. Two classic main stars at this time are Prunus and Magnolia.
In 1999, opportunity knocked on an undeveloped space in the Dunedin Botanic Garden between the rock garden and the arboretum.
Heliconia have one of those iconic flowers that come to mind when we think of the tropics.
Whatever sort of garden idea or theme you have in mind, a choice from New Zealand’s flora always adds something special.
If you’ve become addicted to gardening and want to learn about plant nomenclature, that is, the botanical naming of plants in Latin, it’s hard to know where to start.
Dunedin Botanic Garden has recently welcomed a new flock of African fire finches to the aviary.
One of the beauties of rhododendrons is that if you want to grow them, there are species to suit any size of garden.
It is easy to forget that we are part of the natural world. Gardens provide us with a chance to ground ourselves. But how do we do this?
Witch hazels are old-fashioned garden favourites, blooming now around Dunedin Botanic Garden. They are deciduous shrubs from woodlands and river margins in North America, Japan and China.
Roses have a beautiful long flowering season with abundant flowers and that can be enjoyed outside or picked for indoor displays. But roses can provide us with much joy throughout the whole year.
It is a fairly weird and wacky plant, the Dioscorea elephantipes.
Dunedin Botanic Garden's comprehensive camellia collection has a strong emphasis on health, landscape design and education.
Winter may be the so-called dormant season in the garden, but there are still treasures to be found, not least being the scent from a variety of different plants.
One of the biggest families in the plant kingdom is the daisy family. The world has more than 32,000 different species distributed widely.
During winter, when deciduous trees around Dunedin have lost their leaves, blobs of incongruous evergreen foliage can be spotted high up in bare branches.
Early morning dew glistens on the eye-catching multicoloured autumn foliage of dwarf heavenly bamboo. In shades of plum, red and green, Nandina domestica Nana Purpurea stands out from the crowd.
Penstemons would have to be one of the mainstays of a perennial border, for good reason. For a start, they have a large variety in colour. The hardest thing is choosing which cultivars you want to...
The winter garden glasshouse may be closed for now but as life grows on there are still many interesting plants to share with you.
"Sid" the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo has noticed a reduction in his adoring fan base over the past few weeks.