Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - Hobart
Tasmania's Botanical Gardens may be small compared to other states but many say they are the best.
Established in 1818, the gardens are just a short walk from Hobart's CBD.
The gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees with many dating back to the nineteenth century.
There's also the world's only Sub-Antarctic Plant House. Here, plants from sub-antarctic islands in high southern latitudes grow in a climate-controlled environment with chilly fogs and mists mirroring the wet, cold conditions of their island homes.
The gardens also contain some of Tasmania's most significant built heritage. Of special interest is the Superintendent's Cottage, now the Administration Office, and the Arthur Wall. The wall's design was once common in Britain. Being hollow, the wall can be heated to encourage the growth of fruit trees planted beside it.
The visitor centre houses a restaurant, souvenir shop and a gallery with regularly changing exhibitions by local artists and a display area for the Gardens' own exhibitions.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are free of charge and open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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