Meander through the landscapes of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia and discover the amazing variety of plants growing in these warm temperate regions of the world.
With the sweet aromas of herbs in the air, you'll take an unforgettable journey through a paradise of brightly coloured flowers, gnarled olive trunks and bountiful vines.
The plant that releases pollen clouds
Tap a cone of the Stone Pine and a huge cloud of pollen is released!Play video
Top 10 things to see
- The iconic grass trees in Western Australia
- Bacchanalian sculptures revelling in the vineyard
- A collection of heady natural scents in our perfume vats
- Giant lemon-like fruits called citrons
- A dazzling array of South African proteas
- A carpet of tulips in the spring
- Gnarled old cork trees - and even some cork sculptures
- Huge sprouting aloe veras
- The mosaic path; we call it Liquid Gold
- The delicate flowers and scents of South Africa's Fynbos habitat
New exhibit: Western Australia Garden
Our major new exhibit, featuring the fantastical plants of Western Australia, is now open. Incredible 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.