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  • July 25, 2023

Formerly called Gate C, the entrance was this year renamed Tecoma Gate after the nearby pavilion, which used to have a tecoma plant growing all over it.

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The gate, designed by the gardens’ landscape architect Andrew Laidlaw, opened on Wednesday. It pays tribute to the designs of early gardens’ director William Guilfoyle.

Its sculpted motifs depict a short botanical history of the gardens including palms, arid species, New Zealand natives, coniferous trees, and indigenous grasslands that grew before the gardens were founded.

You can spot images of water lilies floating on the lake and buildings including the Temple of

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