New Zealand, Unique Flora – This is a country that remained isolated from the other land masses for more than 75 million years. This isolation allowed the development of a unique flora (and fauna). When the first humans – the Maori – settled the islands, they brought with them plants which adapted to their new environment. The same happened again centuries later when the first Europeans started settlements of their own. Today, that country’s landscape is a mix of native and ‘introduced’ species. Whenever possible the photo captions below will reflect that fact. The photos shown were taken during a trip in February 2013, in the middle of the summer for the southern hemisphere.
http://www.newzealand.com/us/gardens/ – official tourism website of the New Zealand Government for gardens.
http://www.gardens.org.nz/ – site of the New Zealand Gardens Trust, which assesses and recommends both public and private gardens to visitors.