The Palm House was imported from Bremen, Germany, back in 1875 in kit form – a remarkable achievement considering the distance and the amount of glass involved. It was constructed in a way that was advanced engineering for the time.
It is a unique structure and had been meticulously restored to its original form. If you compare original photos with the current structure you will notice that there are very little differences.
Being in the Palm House is a quiet experience. You can take in the history of the structure as well as enjoy the plants. The grotto is also and original feature and was constructed of stones imported from the Black Forest in Germany.
There is a café near the Palm House which gives you a great view of the House and the nearby lake while you enjoy good coffee, a light meal or a snack served by friendly staff.
The Palm House is a must-see feature in Adelaide’s magnificent Botanic Gardens and an easy walk from the North Terrace entrance. The iron gates were purchased from England in the 1840s and you can still see some of the original stone wall that runs along North Terrace. Just inside the gates you will be greeted by a pair of statues from 1861 – magnificent Molossian Hounds – very imposing and works of art.