Wellington Botanic Garden: Rose Garden, Begonia House and Peace Garden
Centennial Way Walk - Introduction
Welcome to the Rose Garden and Begonia House precinct.
You should be standing on the corner of the Lady Norwood Rose Garden next to a map board. If you face the Rose Garden, you will notice a long glass conservatory on the opposite side of the garden. That’s the Lady Norwood Begonia House. Both the rose garden and begonia house are named after a major benefactor to the gardens, Lady Rosina Norwood. Behind you is a sports ground called Anderson Park.
Before we start, let me introduce myself. My name is Philip Tomlinson. I have been a guide in this garden since 1999, and am currently Vice President of the Friends of the Garden. I also run the Friends website. It is my pleasure to welcome you.
VoiceMap uses GPS to pinpoint your location and trigger the relevant audio. This means you can put your phone away now and relax. I will tell you where to go. There's a route map on the screen, but only use it if you get lost or stuck.
This is going to be quite a gentle tour, and I'll be stopping you a lot to tell you more. Please make use of the benches available while you listen.
Toilets are available in the Begonia House and I’ll describe their location when we get closer.
When you’re ready to start, turn so that the road is on your left and the rose garden is on your right. Then walk straight down the road, heading for the central pathway that cuts directly across the gardens towards the fountain and Begonia House.