Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden - Tasmania
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is a non profit organisation relying on volunteers for much of the maintenance. For a small fee you can become a member of the garden and have unlimited access (during opening hours) all year round. Keep an eye out for their working bees.
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A garden to visit at least four times a year with beauty and contrast to every season. More than 13 hectares of rhododendrons and their companion plants are found here just 8kms from Burnie's CBD.
The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden really is a tribute to the handful of people who had a vision more than 30 years ago to create this beautiful garden. It is uniquely situated not only for its natural amphitheatre but because it is in an area that has the ability to grow the complete range of rhododendrons, azaleas and vireyas found anywhere in the world. Amongst others, Rhodos are native to the Himalayas, Americas and highlands of tropical New Guinea.
The garden has extensive walking tracks as well as lakes, gazebos, bridges and plenty of seats to rest at or stop to enjoy the surroundings from.
Rhododendrons species originating from the same parts of the world have been grouped together with appropriate companion plants creating distinctive areas in the garden. For example, in the Japanese area you will find rhododendrons and azaleas growing that are native to Japan, along with ornamental cherry trees, maples, iris, wisteria and bamboo. The setting has a pool with a covered bridge and ceremonial teahouse.
Peak flowering season is from September to November but this really is a garden for all seasons with the changing leaf colour in Autumn looking spectacular. The vireya rhododendrons are usually found in mountainous regions in the tropics and varieties of these can be found flowering all year round.
The garden is a repository for many species of the genus rhododendron that are or may become endangered mostly due to human activity.
Guided tours are available by arrangement.
The peaceful surrounds provide an idyllic garden setting, the perfect backdrop for you and your guests to enjoy at any time of the year.
The venue is a popular place for weddings with spectacular opportunities for photographs numerous great locations for the ceremony such as the gazebos, 3 ornamental lakes, lovely footbridges, water fountain, Japanese covered bridge and Japanese tea house.
There is a function room and modern stainless steel kitchen available for hire which can accommodate up to 100 guests with ample parking available.
Visitor facilities including parking for cars, buses and caravans, toilets and tearooms with disabled access.
Admission Fee applies, free entry for accompanied children.