The plant that releases pollen clouds

Tap a cone of the Stone Pine and a huge cloud of pollen is released!

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Top 10 things to see

  1. Drifts of colourful poppies and lupins in our Californian grassland
  2. Bacchanalian sculptures revelling in the vineyard
  3. A collection of heady natural scents in our perfume vats
  4. Giant lemon-like fruits called citrons
  5. A dazzling array of South African proteas
  6. A carpet of tulips in the spring
  7. Gnarled old cork trees - and even some cork sculptures
  8. Huge sprouting aloe veras
  9. The mosaic path; we call it Liquid Gold
  10. The delicate flowers and scents of South Africa's Fynbos habitat

New for spring 2017: Australia exhibit

Be sure to visit the Med Biome in the spring, when a major new exhibit opens, featuring the fantastical plants of Western Australia. Freaky specimens include: 

  • the iconic grass tree (Xanthorrhoea spp.), with its tufts of grassy foliage bursting from its trunk
  • the red-and-green kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos manglesii), a furry flower that really does look like it sounds
  • scarlet banksia (Banksia coccinea), whose eye-catching cones are triggered by fire or rain to release their seeds

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Mediterranean facts and figures

  • A 'Mediterranean climate' means hot, dry summers and frost-free, rainy winters. Winter and spring are the main growing seasons.
  • The Mediterranean shares its climate with 4 other regions around the world; South Africa, South West Australia, Central Chile, and California.
  • Each region is known for its superb fruits, fine wines and good crops.
  • Plants native to these areas thrive on drought and poor thin soils. Their survival techniques include having small, grey, hairy leaves, spiny, evergreen or waxy leaves, and making protective oils.