Gardens of the world has two Amphitheaters surrounding a gorgeous lake setting. The Amphitheaters are able to cater for large or small groups which make them ideal for Garden Weddings, Birthday parties, Outdoor concerts and other functions. The lake itself is major feature piece, which has also become home to a variety of animals and insects such as frog’s, ducks, herons and the native shag.
There are amazing views of the lake from the New Zealand Garden, Herbaceous Garden, Oriental Garden and The Ridge Way.
The Blue Jacaranda known simply “Jacaranda” is a sub-tropical tree native to South America but is widely planted elsewhere because of its beautiful and long-lasting blue flowers. The Blue Jacaranda has been cultivated in almost every part of the world where there is no risk of frost.
The tree grows from 5 to 15 metres and has a thin bark that is grey-brown in colour; the bark is smooth when young and eventually becomes finely scaled. The twigs are slender and slightly zigzagged and a light reddish brown in colour.
The Blue Jacaranda flowers are up to 5cm long and are grouped in 30cm panicles; they appear in spring and early summer the Blue Jacaranda flowers last up to two months. There is even an Australian Christmas song as it is only seen in summer time. “When the bloom of Jacaranda tree is here Christmas time is near.”
Paper Birch, Betula papyrifera
Paper Birch is also known as American White Birch and Canoe Birch it is from a species of birch native to northern North America. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree that reaches 20m tall (exceptionally to 35m) with a trunk up to 80cm in diameter. The bark is commonly bright white colour that flakes in fine horizontal strips and often with small black marks and scars.
In trees younger than five years the bark appears brown with white lenticels this makes the tree much harder to distinguish from other trees. The leaves are alternate ovate, 5-12cm long and 4-9cm broad the buds are conical and small and are green in colour with brown edges. The flowers are wind-pollinated catkins 3-8cm long growing from the tips of twigs.
The fruit matures in the fall and is composed of numerous tiny winged seeds packed between the catkin bracts that drop between September and spring.
Eucryphia x Nymansenis – Eucrymphia
Eucryphia x nymansensis is perennial evergreen shrub with while flowers This beautiful shrub produces masses of white flowers, the flowers are simple, four petal led, creamy heated and look spectacular against the dark green leaves. The leaves have various shapes, some being simple three lobed.
It can take several years before the shrub flowers, and in its early years is best to give the Eucryphia x nymansensis some protection from the harsh winds.