It was a special event of Christmas lights. The area was not big and took us about 40 minutes to walk through. The most interesting thing was a little city with working railway and realistic lights with night mode. Some family donated this thing to the park, they assembled it and now we enjoyed watching it. This is amazing. So many tiny details, every little man are masterpieces. It is like you get into childhood and this is your dream gift. Legoland has some installation but it seems like shrimp with a whale compare to this city. If you still have internal boy go and enjoy of this unique city with railway.
Been a member for over 10years now. Great many areas to discover and venture whatever the season. Spring time is one place to go for beautiful tulips, lilacs. The newly renovated Rock Garden is one place to go to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. A wedding photo destination. Many summer camp activities for young ones, various planned events, exhibitions and information sessions throughout the year. Winter time you have to visit the annual train village in the main building or if you prefer exotic tropical and Mediterranean plants go no further. Many locations for outdoor trail walks, bird watching and the list goes on.Well worth getting a membership.
It is December so I understand the outside is nothing special. I'm a bit surprised though with some of the hazards that are out there. Cords all over the grass where people walk. Some of the string lights are dangerously close to pathways where kids can stomp on them. Walking around inside was a bit disappointing for me. I understand that there are a lot of volunteers but with the name Royal, and the $$$ the government provides +++, I expected a cleaner, tidier, and more alive greenhouse. Plants are dead (many of them), the "garden" parts are messy and just dead..... I rather see empty spaces between plants than dead ones. Just disappointing for $18.00 a person..... It was my first time and will give it a try one more time in the summer but I hope it will be cleaner and look like a ROYAL Botanical Garden.
A lovely local attraction to visit for taking walks through their garden. The centre itself is great for events, and the grounds have multiple paths featuring flowers, trees, stone steps, and a pond. Not a very large place either so it's great for a short walk if you aren't feeling up to a long journey.
I am never tired of visiting the place, always something new to discover. Amazing plants, landscaping, nice shops, cafes. One of the best places to visit if you love nature. You should come early, because half day is never enough, at least for me. I've bought membership and glad that I did. You can bring your dogs if you keep them leashed. I wish they had more sales for live plants though, let's say with native or unique and non invasive plants. Instead they only have plant sale couple of times a year
Executive Meeting Room
Rooms 3 and 4
Rooms 1 and 2
Royal Court (outdoor)
Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium
David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden Visitor Centre
Rose Garden Tent (outdoor)