Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at: www.bluebeegardendesign.com.au
Published May 18th 2015
A perfect park for weekends
Carlton Gardens holds a special place in the hearts of many Melburnians. While best known for the Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne Museum and the Carlton Garden Tennis Courts, at 26 hectares it's also an important relaxing green space on the city border and for visitors and residents in the surrounding suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy and beyond.
It's the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and a chance to admire the old spreading Moreton Bay fig trees and walk under the plane tree avenue. For the kids it gives them the chance to run off excess energy in the colourful children's playground designed as a Victorian maze and the many well-kept lawns.
There's a lot of history in the Carlton Gardens having been developed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, and available for everyone to enjoy including several ornamental elaborate fountains, two small lakes, the Royal Exhibition Building itself, traditional flowerbeds, and many mature European trees including deciduous English oaks, conifers, plane trees, elms and many more, all of it World Heritage listed.
I like sitting on one of the many benches that line the paths and people watching; seeing couples walking their dogs, young families out for the day, people doing all sorts of exercise from boot camp to gentle Tai Chi and when the weather is right on a weekend afternoon there's no better place to be.