Veale Gardens, Adelaide

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Veale Gardens is part of the Adelaide Parklands throughout and surrounding the City of Adelaide. It is located in the South Parklands surrounded by Greenhill and Peacock Roads, South Terrace, and Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue. The gardens can be entered by entrances on South Terrace.Veale Gardens is named after William Charles Douglas Veale, who was Adelaide's Town Clerk from January 1947 to November 1965, and close friend of mayor A. C. Rymill.FeaturesFeaturing a garden of roses with over 50 varieties of rose on display, the gardens include two rose beds containing the City of Adelaide rose, located at the South Terrace entrance, and Queen Adelaide rose, located at the corner of South Terrace and Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue. There are many walks through the parks taking you through gardens of water features, past the greenhouse, and through more lush shady areas. The gardens are also home to the Adelaide Pavilion restaurant and function centre, and is a popular location for weddings and wedding photography shoots.Meeting placeFor many years, a section of Veale Gardens was known as a "homosexual meeting place". There had been much debate over the years about whether to police Veale Gardens more closely due both to public complaint about loitering and lewd behaviour, or to provide more availability of security as a deterrent against violence and murder of vulnerable gay men (or any other soft target) who may have been visiting the park; at the hands of homophobic or otherwise abusive and violent people.In the absence of policies which were able to embrace public expressions of sexuality and create greater safety and support for the socially isolated, in late 2006 the public toilets were bulldozed and new toilets built on the South Terrace frontage. In 2007, the park entrance off Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue was closed and the street returned to park land to reduce late night parking.
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  • I live in the neighbourhood and visit regularly. I am personal friends of the gardeners, who lovingly tend this large area. Fantastic range of plantings, including a huge range of roses. Great for pho...  more »
  • Adelaide Veale Gardens is a well maintained garden with a lot of diversity and has been a lovely spot for wedding and family photos as well as a quiet spot to sit and relax.  more »
  • Southern region, especially in the summer color, thick, clean, quiet. Are good for walking along the main pedestrian route a little bit hot.
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  • Beautiful for a walk and great function spaces with a view. Will impress if hosting an event here. Catering is ok.
  • Lovely place for a walk - beautiful roses and some interesting bird life along the little waterway.
  • Nice little conference spaces with beautiful views of the gardens
  • Had a 60th. Great location.
  • Beautiful little park. High tech public toilet. Would not go there by night.

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