Olive Pink Botanic Garden, Alice Springs

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Olive Pink Botanic Garden is a 16ha botanic garden in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory, specialising in plants native to the arid central Australian region.HistoryThe 16 ha area that is now Olive Pink Botanic Garden was gazetted in 1956 as the Australian Arid Regions Flora Reserve after intense lobbying by the Garden's founder, and first honorary curator, Olive Muriel Pink.The Garden is part of a substantial area of contiguous Crown Land that extends east from the Todd River on the southern edge of Alice Springs' central business district. Prior to 1956 the land was unoccupied and grazed variously by feral goat, rabbit, and cattle populations, such that the vegetation on the floodplain was substantially modified and devoid of tree and shrub cover when Pink took up occupancy there in 1956.Pink, with her Warlpiri assistant gardeners, spent the next two decades battling drought conditions and almost non-existent operational funding to develop her vision for the Reserve. Together they planted a somewhat eclectic collection of trees and shrubs native to the central Australian region as well as various cacti, garden flowers, and introduced trees around Home Hut that could withstand the harsh summers.After Pink's death in 1975, the NT Government assumed control of the reserve and set about fulfilling Miss Pink's vision of a public area for the appreciation of native flora. During the next decade networks of walking tracks were put in place, the Visitor Centre built, extensive plantings of mulga, red gums and various other tree species established, a waterhole and sand dune habitat created, and an interpretive display installed.
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  • These gardens stand testimony to the efforts of a feisty lady. Like most botanical gardens they are informative and educational. This one is more so, probably because of the story of Olive Pink.  more »
  • The gardens are extensive and beautifully looked after. View from the top was fabulous and the cafe after was fabulous. Definitely worth a half day visit.  more »
  • Nice and low key. Enjoyed seeing what some of the trees are called around there. Nice view from the top of the hill  more »
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  • Beautiful spot! Nice presetation of local plants and even saw a kangaroo
  • Great spot. Lovely garden and cafe. Easy walk to the peak to view the town.
  • Hands down to the coffee. It tastes great. Little coffee oasis in Alice Springs.
  • Great coffee and super friendly. Awesome selection of homemade baked goods too
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