Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Lower Domain Rd,, Hobart, TAS 7000 ,Australia
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The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which cover an area of approximately 14 hectares, in Hobart located within the Queens Domain.HistoryThe gardens were established in 1818.GardensThe Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating back to the nineteenth century. It also has an increasing number of important conservation collections of Tasmanian plants, of which the King's Lomatia is one of the most unusual, and the world's only Subantarctic Plant House. Here, plants from subantarctic islands in high southern latitudes are displayed in a climatically-controlled environment, where chilly fogs and mists mirror the wet, cold conditions of their island homes. The plants of the Subantarctic Plant House have been collected by Gardens staff and associated scientists on field trips to Macquarie Island.The visitor centre houses a restaurant, souvenir shop, and a gallery with regularly changing displays by local artists, together with a display area containing the Gardens' own exhibitions.Prior to European settlement, local Aboriginal tribes used the site, and traces of their occupation are still apparent.From 1996, the Gardens have contained The Patch, a working display garden which regularly appears on Gardening Australia.Community InteractionThe Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are known to be supportive of the local community, including hosting an exhibition in February 2011 of photos created by students at OAK Community Services.

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