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Victoria: The Garden State
On the boarder of the CBD are three of the cities most loves and utilised gardens, the Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens. Elm-lined avenues of Fitzroy Gardens lead visitors to the highlights of the Victorian era styled gardens. A must see is Cook’s Cottage, a small house where it is believed Captain James Cook – the British explorer who first mapped Australia – grew up and then transported from England for display. Ola Cohn’s Fairies Tree is another highlight. Carved on the stump of one of the gardens original Red Gum trees, and now aged over 300 years old. Set just north of the city centre, the Carlton Gardens were inspired by Victorian landscape design for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880. Sweeping lawns, tree-lined avenues and two small ornamental lakes make up part of the 26 hectare plot, which also features a children’s playground and a tree planted in honour of the Dalai Lama. Widely regarded as one of the best botanic gardens in the world, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens consists of over 10,000 individual species of plants across the sprawling Domain Parkland area. The gardens contain a mix of native and non-native plants, including specialist areas for herbs, ferns, bulbs, roses and arid plants. Set outside the main gardens in South Yarra is The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden designed as a way for children of all ages and abilities to learn about gardens and local wildlife.
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