Canberra in winter
In late July/early August I visited friends and family in Canberra. It is a very cold time of the year but the bonus is enjoying the violets, camellias, Daphne and early spring bulbs which don’t find Perth’s winter quite cold enough. On several mornings I walked up Mount Taylor to enjoy the views and the trees. I also took the opportunity to see the new National Arboretum, which is 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around the world. The Arboretum is a fantastic initiative and one that will only increase in value and beauty over time. Its wonderful to see the city making something nourishing from the disaster that was the fire that burnt the pine forest previously on this land.
The Arboretum is also home to the National Bonsai and Penjing collection of Australia, with bonsai (miniature trees in pot) and Penjing (miniature landscapes) loaned or donated by the artists or their friends. Well worth a visit!
- A wonderful sculpture overlooking the Arboretum
- The cork forest
- One of several species of Birch forest
- Araucaria araucana, the monkey puzzle tree
- The bonsai collection
- A perfect bonsai
- A view from Mount Taylor over Lake Tuggeranong