My first post on Eden Garden showed closeup photographs and identification of some of the exotic flowering plants. It would be a disservice to neglect the beauty and serenity of the garden as a whole or to quote an old proverb, the trees without the forest. Since I am from Las Vegas, where a tree and a few succulets form a garden, the green landscape here is almost overwhelming. Throughout the gardens many native New Zealand trees can be found including giant Nikau palms, Kauri, Rimu, Totara and ferns. The topography of this garden with little and large vistas adds greatly to the appeal of the gardens. There are also an abundance of native birds, including Tuis, Wood Pigeons, Fantails and Kingfishers, whose chirping only adds to the atmosphere.
At the top of the Wellington Cable Car, and just minutes from the central business district, lies 25 hectares (64 acres) of beauty, peace and tranquillity. Established in 1844, the Wellington Botanic Garden is home to some of the oldest exotic trees in New Zealand. Today, the native and exotic forests are complemented by a duck pond, a begonia house and cafe, colorful floral displays, a herb garden, an Australian garden and the award-winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden.