‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’, says Shakespeare. I would take it further, dear William, and say that a Garden by any other name would smell as sweet. At least the Hamilton Gardens would.
On the main highway that travels around the New Zealand city of Hamilton lies the most fantastically beautiful botanical garden. ‘What’s so special about this garden?’ I hear you say. Well, let me tell you. As you wander around its well organised grounds, you will be transported away from Hamilton to far off lands beyond the horizon. I’m nearly being literal.
Tucked away into their own separate sections lie gardens from different parts of this spectacular world. You might find yourself in the neatly-raked gardens of Japan, or stand in awe at the colours in India. You may stop and smell the orange trees in Italy, or take a stroll through the modern garden.
Along with the amazing country-based gardens, there’s a herb garden, where you can smell the aromas before being reaching it. There’s a vegetable garden, and a various sculpture you can view along the way.
It started out as an old rubbish dump back in the 60s, and now, over 40 years later, it is a thieving garden full of visitors every day. There are some amazing historical images on their website, and it really shows just how far they’ve come.
What I love about the Hamilton Gardens (other than the beautiful flowers and features), is that they have such a great sustainability plan, and their extremely environmentally conscious. They’re big on recycling, they buy local products both for the gardens and for the café, and much more. You can read their full list here.
If you haven’t been to the Hamilton Gardens, I highly suggest it. Even it means going slightly out of your way as your drive past, do it.
Opening Hours: 7:30am till 7:30pm in the summer. Check out their full times here.