The Christchurch Botanic Gardens were founded in 1863 and are located in the center of the city. The gardens cover about 51 acres and are situated in a loop of the Avon River. There’s a spectacular fountain at the entrance, and several topiaries were on display at the time of this visit, in February 2013. Topiaries are basically plant sculptures and can take many forms, from the elaborate French gardens to animal topiaries to cloud-pruned pines in Japanese gardens.
The ‘Festival of Flowers’ was taking place in February, and for the occasion several booths each displayed a flower arrangement reminiscent of a specific decade, starting in the 1920s. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens also display several works of art that blend appropriately with their surroundings.
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THE FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS 2013
Of the some 200 species of ferns in New Zealand, the silver tree fern (ponga in Maori) holds special significance. It is the national emblem and is used extensively in sports, namely by the All Blacks rugby team. Its name derives from the fact that the underside of the fronds are silvery. Maoris used them to mark tracks (trails) at night.
A garden, whether public or private, is an ideal location to place works of art and makes the whole area more visually attractive and peaceful.