GAR­DEN VIS­I­TOR

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I was en­joy­ing a quiet read of the lat­est is­sue (AG 142), while shel­ter­ing from the heat on one of the hottest days on record, and the re­gional botanic gar­dens ar­ti­cle caught my at­ten­tion.We make a point of vis­it­ing the botanic gar­dens wher­ever we travel, be­cause they are al­ways re­ward­ing, and we have been to some of those men­tioned, in­clud­ing Wol­lon­gong and Euro­bo­dalla.We know it would be dif­fi­cult to cre­ate such a short­list but two in par­tic­u­lar that weren’t men­tioned de­serve to have been in­cluded. One, which has won tourism awards – Bood­eree Botanic Gar­dens, in Bood­eree Na­tional Park, Jervis Bay, NSW – is an Abo­rig­i­nalowned prop­erty with an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of na­tive plants.The other is Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, in Ho­bart, where the veg­etable sec­tion has long fea­tured on ABC TV’s Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia, and it also has the won­der­ful Ja­panese Gar­dens. CHRIS AND MARLY GROUNDS, EROWAL BAY, NSW

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