The abundant blooms of magnolias are stunning contrasted against dark foliage, bare branches and a high winter sky. Like its neighbour the Camellia Garden, this garden is a highlight of a winter or spring visit to Auckland Botanic Gardens. Come and marvel at the strong yet delicate ancient perfection of the magnolia blooms which range in colour from pure white to pinks to deep purple black, some scented and some larger than your dinner plate.
The Magnolia Garden is divided into two areas. One, next to the Camellia Garden, is a continuation of a dappled woodland walk with shrubs and perennials of mainly Eastern Asian origin. In the second you will find large specimen magnolias in a lawn setting – perfect for a shady spring or summer picnic. As with many of the other plants that have been successfully trialled here at the Botanic Gardens – all of this collection could potentially grow in your Auckland home garden. But please take note of potential size – as befits their evolutionary age – some varieties can reach a large stature!
Magnolias originate in East and Southeast Asia with a secondary centre in the Americas and West Indies. Other members of Magnoliaceae that are represented in this garden include Michelia and Manglietia. If you are interested to differentiate magnolias and michelias: magnolias carry their flowers on their branch tips and are real feature trees, but michelias carry their flowers on leaf axils and are therefore more of a clippable background plant (with delicious fragrant flowers).
This collection is constantly growing - Auckland Botanic Garden aims to continue to inspire gardeners whatever the situation of their home gardens – in particular we are looking into showcasing magnolias of potential size ranges for every Auckland garden whatever its needs.