See what's blooming in the Chinese Garden this Spring
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is painted in pink this spring with a beautiful array of flowers blooming all around. Magnolias, Forest Pansies, Azaleas, Clivias and Chinese Plum Blossoms make for stunning surrounds for your serene sunny day Sydney stroll.
Azaleas are a popular flowering shrub native to China. They can appear in a variety of colours. However the name Azalea in Chinese literally translates to mean “soak the mountain red”, during springtime in our Garden our hillsides boast a vibrant display of pinks.
The traditional Moon Festival is celebrated with a display of lanterns and our floral Chinese lanterns have decided to join the festivities. These colourful flowers are recognisable by their shape and position. Like ornamental bells they dangle toward the ground and look much like the lanterns that fill the Garden.
This unique tree changes in its appearance through the seasons. However it is its springtime flowers that inspire a story of familial love. These flowers appear overnight on this unassuming tree. Throughout winter the Forest Pansy looks dormant and then as spring emerges, just as suddenly, so do the delicate purple flowers that grow directly from the bare branches.
Magnolia have been in bloom for a while in the Garden, still demanding your absolute attention. Come to see them quick as they will be gone when the full spring season pushes in.
It's showtime in spring for the Clivia, or the as it is affectionately called in China the 'Nobleman’s Orchid'. The orange colours are ready to burst out everywhere in the Garden in October.
Pink Plum Blossom
Although most people will be reminded of the Japanese Cherry Blossom this delicate flower is actually a cross between the Chinese Plum Blossom and the purple-leaved plum. It is one of the traditional flowers that feature in the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar Year and in the southern hemisphere also coincide with the Moon festival.