While rose gardens can be found across the City, a number of special places are under the spotlight in the rose world. Some of these rose gardens can be found at Veale Gardens, Rymill Park, Pennington Gardens, Brougham Gardens, and the Lady Ester Lipman Gardens.
The 1.5 hectare International Rose Garden on Hackney Road is a State Government initiative and features more than 5000 roses on display in a range of garden styles. Just to the west of this garden is the National Rose Trial Garden, where you can see the roses of the future. Roses of yesteryear can be viewed at the Heritage Rose Gardens on the northern bank of the River Torrens, near the Adelaide Zoo.
When designing the fencing and mural for the City skate park, the artists had their audience in mind. Firstly, the work had to appeal to the skaters and secondly, it had to be durable. The combination of sculptural fencing and acrylic murals achieves a harmony with its street and railway surroundings and the works reflect street language and skate culture. The tech-camouflage background refers to the unity and harmony of the skater with street life and deters graffiti.
Elsie Cornish was the well known garden designer, who was approved by the Council in1941 to create the garden for Olga Cohn’s sculpture. Ola Cohn chose a three ton piece of Waikerie limestone from which she carved over a period of eighteen months the timeless figure of woman. On completion of the work she felt compelled to defend her work in representing 'the spirit of womanhood capable of giving birth to a nation' against the criticism she received from the public for her course and unladylike rendition of the sculpted woman figure.
On the south western boundary of the city lies historic West Terrace Cemetery, a place of great sculptural beauty and heritage significance. As old as European settlement, this field of headstones is home to more than 150,000 souls, and provides a fascinating glimpse into South Australian history.
Home to a beautiful garden of roses, the Veale Gardens are located between South Terrace, Greenhill Road, Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue and Peacock Road. With a selection of over 50 different varieties of roses to wander amongst, the two rose beds are a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic.
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens, located just off the East end of Rundle Street, is a vast, sprawling 51-ha (125-acre) garden, containing plant life from all over Australia as well as our surrounding islands and beyond.
Just minutes from the city centre, you can explore the various feature gardens, discover plants you may never have seen before, have a meal in one of the cafes or the restaurant, or just while away an afternoon in lush, beautiful surrounds.
Part of the original plans for Adelaide established by Colonel William Light in 1838, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens were not created until 1854 after a public appeal. The gardens opened officially in 1857, their design heavily influenced by the Royal Gardens at Kew, England and Versailles, France.
The gardens continued to grow and evolve over time, taking on new and exotic plant life and welcoming the addition of new attractions and events. The gardens now receive approximately 1.3 million visitors every year, with 25,000 of those being school children coming to the grounds to learn about the importance of plants and the impact they have upon our future.
The Botanic Gardens is home to some unique landmarks, including the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory. The Palm House is an amazing Victorian Glasshouse that was imported from Germany in 1875 and restored in 1995. Thought to be the only one of its kind in the world, it remains a fixture in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and houses an exquisite display of Madagascan arid flora.
The Bicentennial Conservatory was built to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988 and is significant for being the largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere, being 100 meters long, curved in shape, and 27 meters high. It houses a large selection of plants in humid, tropical conditions.
Entry to the gardens is free. Admission fees apply to the Bicentennial Conservatory.