This garden was in the town of Olinda, called Cloudehill.
A very large garden, with some wonderful plants and was once owned by a family. It is quite hilly and seeing it in the rain, spoilt the enjoyment of it traipsing up and down the hills.
|Lots of little "garden rooms"|
|Into the open area where weddings and functions are held.|
|Area of the wild Garden, Raining as usual.|
|Once down had to go all the way up|
Had a lovely morning tea there though , and did a bit of seed shopping, mainly sweet peas, marigolds and garlic bulb shopping.
|Huge garlic selection|
|A Gardner's Dream Wall|
In the next couple of day we went to two converted disused quarries that are now beautiful gardens and man made lakes. The first one was Wilson Botanic Park.
The entrance has a lovely rose garden and leads into walkways that go right around the lake with side paths to resting areas.
|My favorite rose|
Lots of great areas for family get togethers. Managed to see it without raining although overcast and quite cold.
|Lake full of lillies|
Being a disused quarry there are lots of deep gullies to work with.
|Bottom area of Quarry|
|Top level on left hand side very bushy area.|
|View of other side of lake.|
The next day was Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne which was made up of Native Australian Plants representing the inland and coastal area. By now I was starting to feel I had walked miles.
|Private party waiting for the bus|
We took a bus tour with a very informative driver quoting all the scientific names as we went along. It has been designed to represent the desert, coast, city living, and waterways.
|This feature is enclosed so no-one can walk on it.|
|Swales also at the entrance|
Slowly we work our way through representations of Rivers.
|Down by the riverside|
|The whole garden can be walked all around|
It did rain while touring around, and we got some protection from the open bus.
These few photos do not do it any justice and I highly recommend visiting this garden. Well designed, tells a story and picnic areas. A very large coffee shop and a lovely tourist shop with lots of Australian items. I bought a beautiful fine tea mug covered in australian flowers.
Next post I will show our visit to the International Garden Show held in Melbourne every year.
Till next Time.