A New Discovery

As a keen gardener a visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens always gives me great pleasure, regardless of the season . The gardens were established in 1818 and are Australia’s second oldest Botanic Gardens and is a  nationally significant site recognised for it’s cultural landscape and heritage values.

The rotunda provides a great vantage point to absorb the beautiful, tranquil surrounds. I hadn’t been to the gardens in Winter for many moons and had forgotten just how stunning they are with their quiet Winter glow.
 I can spend many hours simply wandering , admiring the landscape and discovering new, hidden treasures.

Our new discovery this time was The Japanese Garden , hidden in a corner of the gardens that we had not explored previously. The Japanese Garden was designed by Kanjiro Harada from Yazu in Japan . which is Hobart’s Sister City. Now I have discovered this garden I hope to return later in Spring when the azaleas are in full bloom , I am sure they will be quite spectacular.

Admiring one of my favourite Winter flowers , the camellia .White camellias were a favourite of Coco Chanel and became her symbol and a recurring element in many designs. Like her I admire their elegant simplicity .

For my visit to the gardens I wore my black Moyuru pants , black knit and coat from Style Butler, a black vintage hat with scarf attached  and long black leather gloves.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Tiina L
    August 18, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Your look matches the Japanese garden perfectly, with its subtle Japanese flair.

    • Jill James
      August 19, 2015 / 5:50 am

      After downloading the photos , the same thought crossed my mind, non intentional I assure you.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    August 18, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    That coat is just fabulous! And those gardens are so pretty:)

    • Jill James
      August 19, 2015 / 5:53 am

      Thank you so much Laurie, the gardens are always a pleasure to visit whatever the season.

  3. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 / 2:26 am

    You always look so elegant. You would be fun to meet someday Jill.We use to live in a home with kitchen windows blocked out by two large camelia bushes. They were old and were at least 10 feet tall. Somedays I so badly wanted more light in the kitchen but never cut them except for an occasional gentle trim. I love the dark green shiny leaves and of course the blossoms, though short lived. I think they remind us to keep aware of the things in life that are brief yet beautiful.

    • Jill James
      August 19, 2015 / 5:57 am

      Thank you Joni for such a kind comment. I do hope to revisit the U.S. one day, and I would love to meet you too. Those camellia bushes sound wonderful, you did really well not cutting them to let in more light.So true about the beauty of things sometimes short lived.

  4. Natalia Lialina
    August 19, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    You look stunning, Jill, and I also thought that you fit into the environment so beautifully and naturally. I love visiting gardens at any season too. What a treat to discover a new (and such magnificent) corner of one of your beloved gardens! I can imagine how happy it made you. Japanese gardens are very popular here too, we have a few around Seattle, and there is a great one in Portland, Oregon as well. They are so peaceful. Winter becomes them I think.I too have a camellia bush by my kitchen window, though a pink one, and it is the very first bush which starts blooming in January (sometimes even December) in our garden, and stays in bloom for a very long time, till Spring. It's a spectacular scene.The photos are very beautiful!

    • Jill James
      August 21, 2015 / 9:22 am

      Thank you so much Natalia, I remember you sharing your gardens a little while ago and they were beautiful.Glad to hear many others love camellias too.

  5. Marea Dotz
    August 19, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Yes, the best gardens are beautiful all year round. I'm looking forward to exploring the botanical gardens around my new state, both now and in winter. And your outfit is absolutely stunning.

    • Jill James
      August 21, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Hope you share the gardens Marea , I would love to see them.

  6. Olga Rani
    August 20, 2015 / 7:18 am

    Japanese gardens are really special. I visited one while staying in Singapore and fall in love with it. There is an air of peace and tranquility around them and their simple beauty is fascinating.

    • Jill James
      August 21, 2015 / 9:25 am

      I agree with you Japanese gardens do have that air of peace and tranquiity.

  7. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    August 24, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    What a lovely place! Certainly the perfect background for your outfit. I love the different textures in black that really play up the flowers in the garden. Coco would approve :-).Aliciaspashionista.com

    • Jill James
      August 30, 2015 / 6:09 am

      The gardens are a lovely place to visit , thank you so much Alicia for your kind comments.

  8. dan
    August 29, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Botanic gardens are always wonderful! I love the Japanese part of The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens…it surely deserves a second visit! It's a quiet place and very special!Camelias are beautiful flowers and you have got a sensitive spirit …

    • Jill James
      August 30, 2015 / 6:10 am

      I am so glad I have now discovered the Japanese garden and will definately visit later in Spring.

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