Visiting South Coast’s Gardens

Visited places during the trip:  Wollongong Botanic Garden, Chinoiserie Garden


The Duck Pond at the Botanic Garden

Wollongong Botanic Garden

An impressive varieties of native and flowering plants can be found in the botanic garden on a 10.58 hectares situated in the Illawarra escarpment  The garden was officially opened in the year 1970.

Inside the garden are some ideal sections for outdoor wedding ceremonies and are prearranged for booking, also programs for educational and workshop tours are provided.

When we visited the botanic garden, we’re handed down a leflet that shows a map and details of many gardens that can be found there, there are heaps of them.  You may not believe but the garden have an Open Forest and Grasslands Garden, Azalea Bank, Discovery Kitchen Garden, Middle Creek Garden, Drylands Garden, Flowering plants and Shrubs Garden, Herb Garden, Rainforest Garden, Sanstone Garden, Sir Joseph Banks Garden, Succulent Mount, Temple Garden, Towri Bush Tucker Garden, and a Woodland Garden.


Sir Joseph Banks Glasshouse


The Favourite Wedding Venue

Chinnoiserie Garden

The flowering plants in the garden are all a product of painstaking collections by the owner who himself does the gardening and look after everything.  He is a lover of plants and gardens which made him and his wife avid travelers to the many beautiful gardens around the world.

I had personally met the humbled owner when we visited the garden located in Mittagong, Wollongong in New South Wales.


The house was once a story book cottage.

The garden has a large collection of peonies, potager garden, alpine garden, herbaceous borders, water garden, and woodland garden.  It has more than 100 varieties of peonies – Chinese, Japanese, European and American Tree Peonies and herbaceous borders which flower from spring through to late autumn.


The garden of Chinoiserie


A variety of the many peonies in the garden.


Another peony variety that can be found in the garden.


Plants with colourful Chinese potteries.

The best time to visit the garden is during spring time and opens at 10.00 am to 4.30 pm with of course minimal entry fee.




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