When visiting Hobart, Australia the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens or RTBG for short is a must-see whether you are a flower enthusiast or not, their annual Tulips Festival is bound to leave you speechless. Don’t be a fool and miss out on a once in a life time opportunity to see the amazing Spring Tulips Festival this October and book your
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The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens cover an area of almost 14 hectares and showcase about 6,500 species of plant varieties which include over 400 Tasmanian species. The RTBG was established in 1818 on the western banks of the Derwent River. The Garden’s old historic part has a large collection of significant trees from the 19th century. And here you will also find as the conservation center a large number of unusual Tasmanian plants such as the King’s Lotamatia. The RTBG also has the world’s only Sub-Antarctic Plant House; here in a climatically-controlled environment you will find a display of plants from different sub-Antarctic islands, where chilly fogs and mists will mirror the cold and wet conditions of the plant’s island homes. Being situated on the harbor side of Tasmania’s capital city also helps provide easy access for field trips to other islands such as Macquarie Island to collect these rare plant species.
Whether you are visiting the RTBG with your loved one, friends or family the best way to go about is to book a guided tour, from this you will get the opportunity to see rare features including the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of public conifer, a stunning conservatory and peaceful Japanese gardens. You will get the opportunity to breathe-in the spicy-sweet perfume of a traditional herb garden with your kids and visit Pete’s Patch which is a vegetable plot meant for educational purposes, designed by the famous Tasmanian gardening personality Peter Cundall. As mentioned earlier the one-of-a-kind Sub-Antarctic Plant house draws large crowds from all over the world and along with that they also provide the chance to take a stroll along the historically famous Arthur Wall which is designed specially in such a way that it remains internally heated so as to provide perfect conditions to grow many rare species of exotic plants even in Tasmania’s cool climate.
You will also find many different displays of Tasmania’s completely diverse flora in their Botanical Discovery Centre and also permanent collection work, done by some of Tasmania’s most celebrated wilderness photographers in the Peter Dombrovskis Gallery. You and your friends can also browse the Botanical shop or even enjoy a lovely meal or snacks in the kiosk shaped Garden’s Restaurant.