THEY GROW WHERE THEY’RE PLANTED!
Sturt’s Desert Pea
Landscape at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
Our recent road trip to and around South Australia included a mixed bag of sights. The primary attraction was a week-long tour to Lake Eyre and environs (coming soon), but there was a lot more to enjoy such as the Marree Man and Mutonia Sculpture ParkMutonia Sculpture Park.
Another unexpected treat was a visit to the remarkable Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Located in Port Augusta (about a four-hour drive north of Adelaide), the garden is proof that the desert can grow and create beauty.
Ptilotus exaltatus, pink mulla mulla
Acacia papyrocarpa, Western Myall,
Eremophila, Native Fuchsia
It’s worth noting that Australia’s arid zone ecosystems are fragile, complex and occur nowhere else on earth. This garden receives an average of 300mm (12 inches) or less of rain each year. Developers put a lot of thought into…
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