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Christchurch Botanic gardens

One of the main and most popular attractions of the new Zealand city of Christchurch is a magnificent Botanical garden, located in the historical centre of the city within the so-called "loop" of the river Avon (near the Park Higli).

The history of the Christchurch Botanic gardens commenced on 9 July 1863, when the territory of the future garden was first planted an English oak in honor of the marriage of Prince albert (king of great Britain and Ireland and Emperor of India Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Today the Botanical garden that covers an area of 21 hectares, is home to a huge number of various plants of the flora of New Zealand, and plants brought from North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Christchurch Botanic gardens is divided into themed areas, including perhaps the most impressive Rose garden, where you can admire more than 250 species of varietal roses, Water garden with beautiful lilies and irises, rock garden (some plants in this garden bloom all year round) and winter with a stunning collection of tropical plants. However, it is less interesting and is located next to the House of the curator of the herb garden (divided in 1986), which presents edible and medicinal plants, Garden of new Zealand plants and Garden Erica.

In April 2014 at the Botanical garden of Christchurch was opened the visitor Center, where you can specify all necessary information and take the map of the garden so as not to get lost and not miss a single corner of this amazing place (there are also individual excursions with a professional guide). Here is a fun, interactive exhibition that will introduce you to the plants and history of horticulture in the region Canterbury is a small cozy cafe and gift shop.