Story of the
Dunedin Botanic Garden
New Zealand's First
Published by the Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden Inc
THIS very substantial,
extensively illustrated hardback has been published for the 140th
anniversary of the Dunedin Botanic Garden, the first to be established
in New Zealand.
The Story of the
Dunedin Botanic Garden explores the turbulent early years of
establishment, the vagaries of its administration and the contribution
of its gardeners and curators over those 140 years.
The removal of the garden
to its present location in 1869 opened the way for the development
of a series of quality plant collections in an environment of great
Public interest in and
support for the garden has always been strong, and this has sometimes
led to criticism and controversy. Here the author examines the issues
and personalities involved.
In his foreword, the
late J.L.McC. Tannock says the book is meticulously researched by
an author who locates the genesis of the Botanic Garden in the inspired
planning for the "Edinburgh of the South."
With great foresight
generous spaces were set aside for reserves and particularly for
the encircling green girdle, the town belt, which surrounds the
area which became the final site for the Botanic Garden.
The Dunedin Botanic Garden
is a place of beauty and interest.
In the temperate climate
many classes of plants may be grown to perfection. There are groupings
of plants from a variety of geographic regions.
The collection of New
Zealand natives, especially the unique alpines, is unrivalled. The
rock garden is without peer in this country.
Roses and all manner
of ornamentals do well and the rhododendrons and azaleas are superb.
These and many more delights await the visitor who will hopefully
explore the entire garden from the main entrance to the Opoho gate.
This book will help other
New Zealand gardeners to understand how all these thing came about.
It represents a monumental
amount of work by Eric Dunlop, who has been closely involved with
the gardens for 15 years, and is a credit to the keen gardeners
who help to raise funds to keep the gardens in operation.
Gardener, Issue 114, January 16-29, 2003, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH