Nicholas gardens

Frank Greenhalgh shares the story of cool temperate public gardens near Melbourne, Australia.

"As a passionate gardener, I appreciate the historical and botanical significance of four gardens in the cool temperate rainforest of the Dandenong mountain range on the doorstep of Melbourne, Australia.  The gardens are known as the National Rhododendron, Nicholas, Tindale, and Pirianda Gardens.  The story of these gardens goes back to the early part of last century, and involves the owners collecting trees and shrubs from around the world and integrating them with tall native mountain ash, grey gum trees, and shady understory plants such as tree ferns.  The exotic plants include rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese maples, flowering cherries, conifers, beeches, magnolias, camellias, and dogwoods etc. They flourished in the rich volcanic soils (acidic) in this environment.

Each garden has different landscapes and features, but all showcase cool climate exotic plants; many of which are rare and endangered.  I hope that this post is of interest to others and increases awareness of these unique gardens, which the owners bequeathed to the public of the State of Victoria." 

Further information on the gardens is available via the following link:
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/634296/stories-of-the-gardens.pdf

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Nicholas Gardens

Nicholas Gardens (Image 2)

Pirianda garden

Pirianda garden (Image 2)

Rhodo gardens

Rhodo gardens (Image 2)

Rhodo gardens (Image 3)

Rhodo gardens (Image 4)
 

Rhodo gardens (Image 5)

Tindale garden

Tindale garden (Image

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