It’s a glistening February weekend in the height of summer. The beaches are bustling and the city is alive with people, but unbeknown to many, in the centre of Adelaide is a beautiful solace. Bordering the tightly packed grid of the CBD and just minutes from Adelaide Zoo and and Adelaide Oval, the Botanic Gardens holds the architectural marvel of the Palm House.
But such brilliance should really be viewed in person. Forming the background to two GRAZIA fashion shoots, Wall Flower and Garden State, if you can make it to Adelaide set aside time to frolic around the perfectly groomed lawns and meticulous gardens, the Palm House just a short walk.
Designed by architect Gustav Runge, the stunning glasshouse was imported from Bremen, Germany in 1875. According to Adelaidia, it was the brainchild of Dr Richard Schomburgk, the second Director of the Botanic Garden. With a fascination of tropical flora, the scientist was among just a few people to successfully bloom a waterlily with more than 30,000 people visiting to witness it. It is and has been home to collections of Madagascan plants, many of which are at risk or endangered in their native habitat.
Boasting exquisite, Victorian-style designs, it is believed to be the last glasshouse still standing today. After painstaking renovations that required public appeal in the early ’90s, the glass structure was restored. In 2018, it received further renovations and reopened in 2019.
It is just one of the many must-see venues within the South Australian capital. The Adelaide Central Market is close by and promises sweet treats, decadent cheese and artisanal goods, while the famed Adelaide Hills creates some of the best wine in the country. And with just a short 45-minute ferry ride or 20-minute flight, Kangaroo Island is awaiting.
Please check local travel restrictions before you make bookings. Visit South Australia Tourism for more information.