Wellington's Botanic Garden Heritage

When the Council became responsible for the Botanic Garden in 1891, it had already been taking shape for more than 20 years.

Children feeding swans

Children feeding a swan at the Duck Pond, Botanic Gardens, 1933.

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In spring 1929, a group of Wellingtonians gathered to admire the blooms on a magnolia tree in the Wellington Botanic Garden. Nearly 90 years on, the same magnolia is still blooming.

The magnolia bank was planted in the 1920s. Following the practice of the time, this Magnolia x soulangeana, or saucer magnolia, was probably 10 - 15 years old when planted.

The Botanic Garden has a long history. When Wellington City Council became responsible for the Garden in 1891, it had already been taking shape for more than 20 years.