Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

31 May 2014

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

When I was much younger I always enjoyed visiting Adelaide's Botanic Garden (ABG).  My favourite section was always the Simpson bush house with its collection of ferns and shade loving plants and the Australian forest section just beyond it.  In those days these were at the eastern edge of the garden and were almost a secret area away from the restaurant, kiosk and duck pond where most people congregated.  However, ABG has pleasingly expanded in more recent years, first with the BiCentennial Conservatory full of rare tropical plants and more recently the administration buildings and new wetland near Hackney Road.  So my favourite once secret place is now right in the centre of the garden with the Diggers Shop, a pleasant dining area and the refurbished Museum of Economic Botany nearby (all much better than the duck pond and kiosk).  This is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago of the Simpson House with its Staghorns (Platycerium superbum) adorning it (note they're facing south away from the sun) and the BiCentennial Conservatory looming beyond it through the Australian  trees.  Always worth a visit.

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