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Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a 16ha botanic garden in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory, specialising in plants native to the arid central Australian region.
The 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956 as the Australian Arid Regions Flora Reserve after intense lobbying by the Garden's founder, and first honorary curator, Olive Muriel Pink.
The Garden is part of a substantial area of contiguous Crown Land that extends east from the Todd River on the southern edge of Alice Springs' central business district. Prior to 1956 the land was unoccupied and grazed variously by feral goat, rabbit, and cattle populations, such that the vegetation on the floodplain was substantially modified and devoid of tree and shrub cover when Pink took up occupancy there in 1956.
Pink, with her Warlpiri assistant gardeners, spent the next two decades battling drought conditions and almost non-existent operational funding to develop her vision for the Reserve. Together they planted a somewhat eclectic collection of trees and shrubs native to the central Australian region as well as various cacti, garden flowers, and introduced trees around Home Hut that could withstand the harsh summers.
After Pink's death in 1975, the NT Government assumed control of the reserve and set about fulfilling Miss Pink's vision of a public area for the appreciation of native flora. During the next decade networks of walking tracks were put in place, the Visitor Centre built, extensive plantings of mulga, red gums and various other tree species established, a waterhole and sand dune habitat created, and an interpretive display installed.
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Olive Pink Botanic Garden Reviews
I would have like to explore the botanic gardens more, however there was not any large trees to protect me from the hot summer sun. But I spent some time at the cafe which was nice. more »
This is a total and utter waste of time. This so-called botanic garden isn't really a garden, but a direct continuation of the desert. There's no attempt to keep the place alive, mark the paths... more »
This is a great place to check out the flora and forna of central Australia. It's free and they have organised a nice car park. I wanted to park in the shade and took a couple of minutes finding it. The gardens aren't as you'd find in a big European capital, it's a track ( or more so), several tracks very well done that go in different directions. The plants are absolutely amazing as is the countryside and you'll not find that sort of thing elsewhere. The countryside is absolutely beautiful and you see more and more as you get higher. You cannot go to Alice Springs without visiting the Olive Pink botanic gardens.
Very pleasant indeed. Yummy food.
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