It was a nice accident that we chance upon Wintergardens while we’re strolling around the massive Auckland Domain. The glass dome looks interesting from a distance, thus, we got curious to find out what’s inside.
With the spring season in full gear, it only means one thing… blooms!
When I entered the dome, I was surprised to see all the lovely flowers and plants carefully arranged around the glasshouse. It reminds me of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Not as huge, but equally charming and most of all, entrance is free! It’s open to the public all year round.
Wintergardens is comprised of two operating greenhouses with a large courtyard in between. The first one is an unheated garden with an average temperature of 24°C, and contains a variety of temperate plants. The second greenhouse is slightly heated to an average temperature of 28°C, and is filled with tropical plants.
More information from the official website:
“The Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain is a treasure of great historic interest. It was designed in the early 1900s in the style of the famous English partnership of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jeckyll and opened in 1913.
Rare and spectacular plants in an ever-changing display can be seen in each of the two barrel-vaulted Victorian style glass houses which face out on to an extensive courtyard and sunken pool. The marble statues in the courtyard between the glasshouses were added in the 1920s and 30s by local businessman William Elliot. One house is heated and shows off lush tropical and heat-loving plants while the other displays temperate plants changing with the seasons.”