This has been the longest stay in Adelaide since moving to Tas in 2008 (8 years ago on New Years day!) and now that the festivities are over we have a chance to take the children to places we fondly remember. One of those is the Adelaide botanic gardens, and today we went for a picnic lunch and stroll around. I think our last visit to the gardens was probably about ten years ago.
Walking through Botanic park to the gardens the children discovered the Moreton Bay Figs. I remember these old beauties with great fondness, and as the children climbed and explored their amazing roots, Scott and I marvelled at them with new found wonder.
Once inside we started to make our way to the pond as Nush wanted to see the fish. On the way we passed through a stand of bamboo; Anusha found hidden paths whilst Elki wondered at their strength and building capacity.
I always loved this beautiful shaded avenue of trees, it’s one of my main memories of the gardens.
Once at the pond we were greeted by 14 turtles (Anusha counted), which was apparently a lot more exciting than fish!
We then walked on to find a shady spot for our picnic.
It was perfectly lovely in the shade but after walking in the very warm sun we all needed rehydrating!
After lunch we walked on, making our way through the cactus garden with all it’s varied and awesome plants. Elki commented that the spines on one particular cactus looked like they could be used for sewing needles, and as I looked over I noticed a sign that read that they have in fact been used as needles by people’s in Peru for over 2000 years!
We wandered through the herb garden,
and delighted at the giant Lily pads; reading the story of a young girl who fell in love with the moon, and whilst gazing at her love’s reflection in the water one night fell in and drowned. Seeing this the moon god turned her into a Lily so that he could watch over her each night. 💖
Our wandering eventually led us to the rainforest conservatory. The children had been looking forward to seeing this as from the outside it very much resembles a crashed flying saucer! It is quite spectacular inside, and after an exploration and an attempt to cool off under the misters, we escaped from the humidity back out into what now felt like refreshing air.
We slowly strolled back towards the gate, observing different plants along the way, like these beautifully soft ‘fairy floss’ flowers,
And this leaf Anusha found which “is bigger than my head!”
On the way back through botanic park we revisited this amazing tree! I don’t remember having seen it before and have never seen anything like it, and we hung out for a while as the children climbed it’s awesome branches and roots.
We have an idea to visit again before we leave but in the early evening for a picnic dinner and cooler evening stroll.