A botanical garden at the foot of a mountain in Tasmania’s south has been open to the public for the first time in a decade.
The new Botanical Garden of the Day, which opened on Tuesday, is in the foothills of Mount Wessel, in the state’s far north.
It was designed by Melbourne architect David Jones, who has designed a number of gardens in the region.
Mr Jones said the opening of the Botanical Gardens was a significant step in Tasmania becoming “the next big garden world”.
“This is a very exciting moment for Tasmania,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of work going on in Tasmania about the way we grow and care for plants and we wanted to give that a boost.”
I think Tasmania has been able to become a hub for growing and conserving plants.
“The Botanical gardens give a very positive view of Tasmania and the region, showing us how important this region is for biodiversity and nature.”
The first Botanical Horticulturalists’ Association member will be announced at the end of March.
A few dozen trees will be planted at the Botanic Gardens in a nod to the Botany Club, the state body for botany, which is based in Melbourne.
“It is a place where people can have a look at plants that are growing in Tasmania,” Mr Jones said.
Mr Moore said the new garden was “a place where we can connect with nature”.
“I feel a lot more connected to nature than I have in a while,” he told ABC Radio Hobart.
“This has really been a fantastic place to be and a great place to see plants and see what’s going on.”