In 1934 things were a lot different, and I have to admit it made Christchurch seem a pretty colourful place as shown by this picture of Wirth’s circus elephants being watered in the Avon river between the Armagh and Victoria bridges.
One of my favourite places is the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
I love the conservatories – Gilpin House with its freakish carnivorous plants and Townend House, filled with flowering plants (including a glorious array of begonias).
Townend House was named after Christchurch heiress Annie Quayle Townend. She owned ‘Mona Vale’ and funded the establishment of St Paul’s church in Glenmark.
More botanical delights:
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens images and books in our collection
- A 1958 map of the Botanic Gardens
- Gordon Gee’s botanical illustrations
So what’s your Christchurch landmark of choice?