Saturday, March 12, 2011

Melbourne’s Gardens

Need a break from the bustle of the city? Head to any of Melbourne’s gardens and stroll through the walking paths or relax amid the beautiful trees and garden beds. You can take the City Tram 35 and the Tourist Shuttle and get off at some of Melbourne’s finest gardens.

The Royal Botanic Garden extends over 36 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants. There are also various events and activities scheduled the whole year round.

Near the Parliament House and adjacent to the Treasury Building are the Treasury  Gardens .  Just cross the street and you come to the Fitzroy Gardens directly opposite.  The Fitzroy Gardens covers 26 hectares and has a collection of beautiful trees and flower beds. Also in the gardens is Cook’s Cottage (the former home of Captain Jame’s Cook, the discoverer of Australia’s east coast) and the Conservatory. The Conservatory houses five separate displays each year.

November - February:  Hydrangea / Fuchsia (this is what we caught and it was just beautiful!)
February – April: Tuberous Begonia / Gloxinia
April – July: Tropical / Pointsettia
July – September: Cineraria / Cyclamen
September – November: Schizanthus / Calceolaria

The Carlton Gardens is a heritage-listed garden and a popular picnic and barbecue area. The gardens have tree-lined avenues, fountains, flowerbeds and miniature lakes.  The majestic Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens is one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions and was the first building in Australia to achieve a World Heritage listing in 2004.

For additional information about the gardens, follow these links

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