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Well, not my garden—which currently consists of more mud than plants—but the Auckland Domain Wintergardens.

Don’t worry! This hasn’t suddenly become a gardening blog, I just wanted to share this amazing oasis with you. While winter in Auckland hasn’t been as bitter as I suspected it might, it is still a relief to escape the chilly air and rain. And this is the perfect place to do just that. Consisting of two glasshouses—one temperate and one tropical—a fountained courtyard  and a quarried fernery, the Wintergardens are a world away from the concrete and chaos of city life. I found the tropical garden especially tranquil… and warm! So warm, compared to the cold air outside, that I had to wait for my camera to ‘acclimatise’ before I could take any photos! The Wintergardens have definitely made my list of favourite places in Auckland and I will certainly be visiting again.

P.S. Who else thinks purple and green were made for each other?

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