Happy birthday to one of the most beloved places in Christchurch – our Botanic Gardens.
Back in 1859, Enoch Barker came to Christchurch as government gardener. He supplied gravel from the reserves to help build roads and set up a nursery. On 9 July 1863, he planted the first tree in the Government Domain (the previous name of the Botanic Gardens). It was known as the Albert Edward oak and was planted to mark the wedding of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
150 years later it is time to join in the celebrations at the Botanic Gardens.
Botanic Gardens resources:
- Our page on Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens 150th anniversary information sheet [360KB PDF]
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens heritage images
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens Flickr
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens DigitalNZ set
- Gordon Gee botanical illustrations
- History of Hagley Park
- Hagley Park