A Visit to the Roma St. Parklands …. Brisbane


NOTE: I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to a different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.


See the website for Roma Street Parklands at:
http://www.romastreetparkland.qld.gov.au/which says in the Front page:  The world’s largest urban subtropical garden, Roma Street Parkland is a garden-lover’s paradise with distinct precincts showing off a diversity of plants – from arid climate succulents to rainforest ferns, coastal wetland species and a spectacular, ever-changing display of annuals in the aptly named Spectacle Garden. Wide open spaces perfect for a picnic or barbecue, children’s play stations, unique artwork and fabulous city views ensure there’s something for everyone. Explore it on foot or catch a train ride… it’s yours to enjoy.
GARDENS … Native Bush Garden …..


GARDENS …. Fern Gully ….


GARDENS …. Subtropical Garden ….

Subtropical gardening is a style of gardening in which an attempt is made to create a garden in a temperate climate such that it appears to be in a much warmer climate. “The lure of the beauty of tropical landscapes like those found in Hawaii, Key West, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bali, and other exotic locales is undeniable. Such beauty has an almost irresistible appeal . . . It is the stuff dreams are made of” (Riffle, 1998).

This style of gardening is based on what has been dubbed the “tropical look.” “The tropical look is a bit difficult to define with words alone, but its components include all palms” as very important and distinctive subjects, “all plants with relatively large or boldly shaped foliage and flowers, and all plants with colored or variegated leaves and large and spectacular flowers and flower clusters . . .The tropical look is also based generally on evergreen plants, especially large-leaved herbaceous plants like bananas, bold-leaved trees, and ferns. In short, the tropical look is one of flamboyant forms and contrast.” (Riffle, 1998).

The tropical look can also be considered to include many exotic xeric plants, not just plants that give the appearance of a rainforest or jungle. “The climax community aspect of [desert] areas is uniquely exotic, tropical and colorful” (Riffle, 1998).

Macaranga is a large genus of Old World tropical trees of the family Euphorbiaceae and the only genus in the subtribe Macaranginae.

Macaranga tanarius occurs north of Lismore in New South Wales, along the entire coast of Queensland, coastal Darwin and Arnhem Land and into south-east Asia. As a pioneer plant, it grows in or near coastal rainforest, often common in secondary regrowth on areas of cleared rainforest.

Agapanthus: (From this website)

The commonly grown agapanthus flower, often called Lily of the Nile, was introduced to Australia from South Africa. There are now more varieties of this genus than ever before, so if you’re like me and summer goes hand in hand with these happy blue sparklers, you’ll be delighted to discover the new varieties are as easy to grow as the common sky-blue form.

The genus name means flower of love, from the Greek agape, meaning love, and anthos, meaning flower. Agapanthus have long, fleshy leaves that form dense clumps of evergreen or deciduous foliage (choose evergreen forms for all-year action). Tall stems tower above, bearing heads of bell-shaped or tubular flowers, in shades of blue, purple or white. In frost-free climates, flowers of evergreen varieties appear over a long season; in cooler zones, summer is the principal flowering season. Agapanthus ranges in height from 20cm for dwarf forms, while giants can be up to two metres.

….. A subtropical section of the garden  with a dark green Allamanda  vine growing up some trees.  It has yellow tubular flowers on the vine ……

Ixoras are native to the tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, with many of them in tropical Asia. These plants typically can’t handle frosts, so if you are in a frost- prone area these may not be for you. Some Ixoras are more prone to being cold affected, while others can handle a little bit of cold.

Ixoras have dark green leathery leaves and produce large clusters of tiny flowers in the summer and autumn. The more common Ixoras usually have orange, gold, pink or red flowers.


GARDENS ….. Cycad Garden

Usage of Cycads in the Landscape

Many species of cycads are very adaptable to the garden environment and can be grown in diverse conditions. Many people are familiar with the common Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta. This species is grown throughout the world and is easily obtained commercially. In the United States, it is being used in at least five or six states as a routine landscape item. Because of the Sago Palms popularity, a huge interest has developed in trying other species of cycads. For these people there is great news! There are lots of cycads you might be able to grow, and some of them are absolutely gorgeous and do quite well in most gardens.  Before you actually pick specific cycads for your garden, first review some of the basic cultural concerns below.  Also, look at as many photos as possible to decide which plants would work best in your garden.


Cottage Gardens …….

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The cottage garden is a distinct style of garden that uses an informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. English in origin, the cottage garden depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure. Homely and functional gardens connected to working-class cottages go back several centuries, but their reinvention in stylised versions grew in 1870s England, in reaction to the more structured and rigorously maintained English estate gardens that used formal designs and mass plantings of brilliant greenhouse annuals.

The earliest cottage gardens were more practical than their modern descendants — with an emphasis on vegetables and herbs, along with some fruit trees, perhaps a beehive, and even livestock. Flowers were used to fill any spaces in between. Over time, flowers became more dominant. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway. Flowers common to early cottage gardens included traditional florist’s flowers, such as primroses and violets, along with flowers chosen for household use, such as calendula and various herbs. Others were the old-fashioned roses that bloomed once a year with rich scents, simple flowers like daisies, and flowering herbs. Over time, even large estate gardens had sections they called “cottage gardens”.

Modern-day cottage gardens include countless regional and personal variations of the more traditional English cottage garden, and embrace plant materials, such as ornamental grasses or native plants, that were never seen in the rural gardens of cottagers. Traditional roses, with their full fragrance and lush foliage, continue to be a cottage garden mainstay — along with modern disease-resistant varieties that keep the traditional attributes. Informal climbing plants, whether traditional or modern hybrids, are also a common cottage garden plant. Self-sowing annuals and freely spreading perennials continue to find a place in the modern cottage garden, just as they did in the traditional cottager’s garden.


Formal Gardens …..

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A formal garden is a garden with a clear structure, geometric shapes and in most cases a symmetrical layout. Its origin goes back to the gardens which are located in the desert areas of Western Asia[1] and are protected by walls. The style of a formal garden is reflected in the Persian Gardens in Iran, such as the Monastery Gardens from the Late Middle Ages. It has found its continuation in the Italian Gardens from the Renaissance and has culminated in the French Gardens from the Baroque period. Through its design, the garden conveys a sense of established order and transparency to the observer.[2] In garden design, the formal garden is said to be the opposite to the landscape garden, which follows nature and which came into fashion in the 18th century.

Entry To Open Spaces and BBQ Area …..



The Central Lake ….. collects all the Rainwater Runoff In The Garden Which Then is used for:

  • Irrigation of the whole garden
  • A Central Aesthetic Centre To The Garden
  • The Water is the Reticulated as Streams and Waterfalls
  • A Place For Wild Birds like Ducks To Inhabit


Subtropical … As at November 2006 ___________________________________________________