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Camperdown Botanical Gardens

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 2nd 2020
Plant yourself here & see the plants
The Camperdown Botanical Gardens are accessed through the Lakes and Craters Holiday Park, so caution is needed in driving through the park.

Camperdown botanical garden entrance
The sign at the entrance.

Unlike most botanical gardens, the Camperdown one is about four kms out of the city centre, but worth the drive.

Garden path
The wide path at the entrance.

The area was reserved as a park in 1879 and the gardens were designed by William Guilfoyle in1888-89.

Camperdown Botanical Gardens paths.
All paths are wide and flat.

As far as botanical gardens go, this one is not large, but there is a lot growing in it.

Camperdown Botanical Gardens
The closely planted trees gives lots of shade.

The whole garden is impeccably maintained with the wide flat gravel paths meandering throughout. Any slopes are only slight and wheelchairs would have no problem, with the occupants being able to see all that is there.

white flower
One of the many flowers in bloom.

Numerous large trees are spread throughout the area, with many probably being some of the original plantings.

Garden seat
A seat looking into the gardens.

Many smaller trees abound and being closely planted offer large areas of shade.

Weird tree
Not perfect, but interesting.

Disappointingly, few of the dominant and interesting trees are named, but seeing them is just reward for not knowing what they are.

Garden bed
One of the many island garden beds.

One of the large trees named is the Cedrus Deodara, or Himalayan Cedar, a magnificent looking tree.

Himalayan Cedar tree.
The Himalayan Cedar tree.

Large beds of shrubs, plants and flowers offer an attractive scenario between the perimeter path and the garden's boundary.

Garden bed
Part of the perimeter garden beds.

Garden bed
Another of the island garden beds.

Throughout the gardens are many island beds planted with a large variety of flowering plants, not native, but many exotic looking blooms.

Several Agapanthus were growing.

exotic bloom
An unusual plant.

Very colourful.

unusual bloom
Another exotic bloom.

In a secluded area of the gardens is a picnic shelter with undercover BBQs, all under the shade of the surrounding foliage.

picnic shelter
The undercover picnic area.

For 125 years, an unusual feature in the gardens was a sculpture of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Gifted to the people of Camperdown by William Taylor after he immigrated to Australia and settled in the Camperdown area in1876. In 2009, the sculpture was vandalised, removed, restored and now displayed in the Corangamite Shire Civic Centre in Camperdown.

Robert Burns statue
The Robert Burns sculpture before removal. Photo from Kent Watson, Monument Australia.

The gardens are set in an elevated area and on their western side, they overlook two volcanic lakes, Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk. Two extra reasons for visiting the gardens.

Lake Gnotuk
Lake Gnotuk as seen from the gardens.

Botanical gardens are usually a place of beauty and peace and the Camperdown Botanical Gardens are no exception.
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Why? It's a wide botanical experience in a compact area.
When: Between dawn and dusk.
Where: Corner of Park Road & Park Lane, Camperdown.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Some of these regional botanic gardens can be surprising. Colac has a particularly nice gardens as well.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8261) 495 days ago
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