Saturday, 1 December 2012

Around the world in 4901 images

Hong Kong Park; an oasis in the heart of the financial district.

I got back yesterday from three weeks away on my trip to Australia via Hong Kong and back through Los Angeles. It's been a wonderful time, filled with great gardens and wild places, and a host of delightful people who have taken care of me and showed me around with great hospitality, for which I am extremely grateful. Along the way I've taken 18GB, or 4901 images, though it's been frustrating that I haven't been able to post much along the way. I'll work on rectifying that over the next few weeks, but here is a selection as appetizer.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden, New Territories: an interesting mix of organic, experimental farming, botanical gardening and native forest.

The red centre: an interpretation of the Australian desert at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, a wonderful combination of modern design and native plants near Melbourne. 

Anigozanthus hybrids at Kuranga Nursery, near Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Evening light over the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Mat Murray with wild Telopea speciosissima, in the Blue Mountains.

Actinotus helianthi at the Australian National Botanic Garden, Canberra.

Sydney Opera House

Dahlia imperialis on the California coast.

The Blue Garden at Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara.

Succulent planters in Dustin Gimbel's garden, Long Beach.

And finally back home to freezing Yorkshire, bringing the Silver Sebrights with me. It's lovely to have them here in the new garden, at last.


  1. Welcome home to the cold weather. Thanks for sharing your travels.

  2. Thank you for sharing indeed! Such cool plants; I had never even heard of the Actinotus helianthi before. The Red Centre garden is quite stunning - do you know what plant species and materials were used?

  3. Wow that garden in Hong Kong looks amazing, when I visited over 20 years ago we visited the Tiger Balm gardens which were more of a theme park. I have always wanted to visit the Kimberley if I ever go to Australia again - such a magical country

  4. good job you no longer have to buy film and pay for processing !!

  5. So glad you and Dustin got together -- wish I didn't have to work that week. What an amazing amount of garden travel. Can't wait to read more of your impressions.

  6. The red sand garden is so vibrant - it looks like it's from Mars!

  7. The red sand garden is so awesome- it is superb.niagara falls


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