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  • August 10, 2023

words by staff writer

To celebrate National Tree Day, the Royal Botanic Gardens is taking guests on a one-of-a-kind wander through the woods.

Take a moment to consider the humble tree. Handsome and stoic, they line our streets and fill our parks, littering us with leaves and quietly cleansing the air we breathe.

On July 30, channel your inner Lorax and take part in National Tree Day. Since 1996, the annual holiday has brought together nature lovers from across the country to learn more about our country’s trees and plant a few as well.

National Tree Day at the

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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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