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Published April 7th 2013
The Glass House Mountains live in this garden
To see the Glass House Mountains is such a special treat, being the unique formations that they are. To see them from the escarpment at the Maleny Botanic Garden is an added feature. Their use in the garden expands the horizon and is as much a part of the view as the sky itself.
The well thought out lay out of the garden is the brilliant idea of Frank Shipp with the help of his gardening staff. What better way to turn pastures into a visual feast for the visitors who can enjoy the vistas, walkways, thousands of plants and views that include the Glass House Mountains.
The entrance road just off of the Maleny-Stanley River road carries you down the hillside, the view in the distance. In fact stopping to take pictures will be the first thing you want to do. It also encourages you to carry on down to the gardens below as this is just a teaser.
Park your vehicle, step inside to pay and get yourself a map. You will want to follow it so you don't miss anything.
First stop is the rainforest walk which includes stairs and numerous types of orchids, some blooming incredibly as you pass by. There is so much to see. It would be worth it to come back again to see the orchids that aren't in bloom this time out. From the tree ferns to the staghorn ferns hanging from their attachments in the trees you walk along a nice hydrangea lined, shaded path to emerge out into the open. And there is that view again. What a photographer's delight.
You proceed around ponds filled with lilies, dahlias, more annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that wind along a grass path that guides you along and downward. You will come across gazebos for lunching or tea.
There is statuary and benches meant for daydreaming and gazing off into the distant day. Bridges with sentinels, pagodas and waterfall after waterfall lead you. The pace, the place and the surroundings are so peaceful, relaxing and full of beauty.
The gardens are open 7 days a week from 9-4:30pm. Admission is $11 for adults (16 and over), under 16 is free. Group bookings and functions are welcomed but they request you call 07 5408 4110 or (m) 0400 091 731 to make arrangements. Come and wander - this could be the wedding venue you have been looking for. The website is [LINK=www.malenybotanicgardens.com www.malenybotanicgardens.com[/LINK ]and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to bring your camera. Perhaps you are an artist who would bring your tools of the trade to capture this memorable place.
You will notice that some of the lower garden is still a work in progress. This is all the more reason to come back to see what Frank and his gardeners develop for your next visit.