The Mediterranean Biome is the second largest on the site. Here you will find much cooler temperatures, 9 – 25°C (in fact after visiting the tropical biome it can feel quite chilly in here) and contains many plants from the temperate landscapes of the Mediterranean, South Africa, California and Western Australia.
The Western Australia exhibit is new and features the iconic grass tree (Xanthorrhoea spp.), kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) and the scarlet banksia species (Banksia coccinea) and Everlastings (Rhodanthe ssp. and others). It has been created in collaboration with Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia
The Mediterranean landscape is complete with olives, vines and herbs and citrus groves and a perfume garden. Best seen in spring when the beds are full of colour – Persian buttercups, tulips and other flowers.
The Western Cape features fynbos, proteas, restios and aloes as well as daisy flowers and bulbs and pelargoniums. The best time to visit is during July – September to see these in flower.
I was here in December to see the Sound and Light Show in the Mediterranean Biome and was a little disappointed by the planting, plus it was quite cool. However, I purchased a Local’s Pass, so I shall make an effort to visit in the different seasons next year so I can see when it is the best time to visit.