Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sun, Sand, Sea and ....

.... the beautiful Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens, which are situated on a 42 hectare forest site five kilometres south of Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
The gardens grow and display plants which occur naturally in the region. The site abounds with a wide variety of flora and fauna including many of the 2000 species of plants, trees and shrubs of the region. There are kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, possums, echidnas, snakes, lizards, frogs and many birds. Features include display gardens, walking tracks, picnic and barbecue areas, a Visitors Centre and café.
The gardens have only one paid employee, who acts as overall supervisor, and all other work, including construction, landscaping and maintenance, is carried out by volunteers. These gardens a joy to visit, and a credit to all who love and care for them.

The tiny bird on the rock is a male Blue Wren - his 'wife' is smaller and all light brown in colour (where is the justice?)

Next two photos are part of the sensory garden featuring water in various forms and perfumed and textured plants.


Merle said...

Hello Alice ~~ Some lovely photos
from your recent trip. I just love the sound and the look of those
Botanical Gardens, and such a big area for volunteers to care for.
Thank fou for your visit. I am so grateful to my son Geoff as he has visited every few weeks or so to keep it in order for me. I have a bad back and cannot do much myself. It looks so nice after he fixes it up. We have not had any rain, and I can only wonder why the water restrictions have eased, and doubt it will stay yhay way.
Take care, Love, Merle.

farmingfriends said...

Another set of great photos. The photo of the kangaroos is good. sAra from farmingfriends

Julie said...

Love the plant and kangaroos shots!
One day I will visit will be amazing to get to come there!

No Rain said...

What an interesting group of unusual plants and animals. I thought I thought I was familiar with most animals there until I saw your list. Some of them I've never heard of!
However, I do know the words to "Waltzing Matilda" so I'm up one on a lot of folks!


Kerri said...

I see you've been busy sorting photos :)
You managed to get a nice variety of tree pics Alice. Lovely native fauna there.
It's good to see the kangaroos :) I've never seen that pretty little bird before. Any idea what it is? Gorgeous coloring.
Looks like a lovely place to visit. Thanks for taking us along!

meggie said...

More lovely pics to enjoy. I love those little Blue Wrens. We used to have some here, but new neighbours with a cat came to live, & I hope the birds just moved away!

Val said...

Yet another botanical garden to visit one day. Unbelievable that this is maintained by volunteers and one paid staff. And it looks like they've done a good job at sign posting too. I always find it so frustrating when you see a beautiful and/or interesting plant and there's no indication as to its name, origin, etc.

chigiy said...

You took a lot of great photos of the botanical gardens. I love them. I just came home from visiting the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

jellyhead said...

You do find the most amazing gardens to show us all! I love native gardens.

By the way, I wanted to tell you that I laughed and laughed at your crack about the possibility of Shelly's 'preconceptions and misconceptions' turning into 'conceptions'!! (in your comment on my blog)

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi !!!
What a great photo's you made there of an excellent place to visit!!! Thats really awsome!Beatifull!

(looks like the Dutch 'Keueknhof' visit the site than you got an impression.

JoAnn :)

Zoey said...

What a great place to take an afternoon stroll. I've never strolled along a garden with kangaroos hopping about.

Sandy said...

What gorgeous pictures of the beach and the botanical gardens.

I also love beaches with rocks and have enjoyed seeing your previous pictures of rocky beaches...they are breathtaking.