A winter favourite
If you are in search of a special destination for a reviving autumnal / wintery walk - the Camellia Garden is an annual favourite at Auckland Botanic Gardens.
At a time of year when things can get a little grey, come and enjoy the vibrant flowering of the largest collection of camellias in New Zealand. Camellias originated in Asia and this tranquil, meditative garden is designed with their heritage in mind – wander the paths and be transported to temple woodlands of Japan or China.
The camellias are complemented by a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials of mainly East Asian origin. Other highlights are the linear foliage of the clivias contrasted against the autumnal colours of the acers. And in early spring, the flowering carpet of hellebores. If there is something that catches your eye, all the plants have been trialled successfully and could potentially grow in your Auckland home garden.
This collection is constantly evolving - Auckland Botanic Gardens aims to continue to inspire gardeners whatever the situation of their home gardens – there are plans to showcase different growing methods for camellias including hedging, espalier, in containers and for fragrance – watch this space!