Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Friends of the Dunedin Botanic Garden is an incorporated society formed in 1986 to provide help and support to the Dunedin Botanic Garden, which lies close to the heart of one of New Zealand's oldest cities. The Dunedin Botanic Garden is a long-established garden of great variety. From the formal area of the Lower Garden to the bush-surrounded slopes of the Upper Garden, full advantage is taken of the topography and micro-climates to grow a diverse range of plants. These features, and Dunedin's temperate climate, make an ideal site for a Botanic Garden.

Established in 1863, the first in New Zealand, the Garden was originally located on the site now occupied by the University of Otago. After flooding in 1867 the Garden was relocated to its present 32 hectare position.

Since the turn of the century the garden plant collections have been developed along generic, thematic and geographical lines. They now include an impressive rock garden, four hectares of rhododendron dell, an Edwardian conservatory and extensive native plant collection.

Dunedin Botanic Garden is a botanical, conservational and educational resource. It also provides a place for recreation and aesthetic pleasure.

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