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Como Gardens Family Day 2013

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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
An avid "observer" of people and places. Enjoys appreciating the simple things of life. Part of the team of RoseMary's NoteBookę at blogspot - a blog for women of all ages, shapes and sizes.
The Hills will be alive with ... the sounds of drumming; the laughter of children and the happy noise of people having fun.

Thirty kilometres east of Melbourne, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, Como Gardens nestles in beautiful surroundings at 79 Basin-Olinda Road, in the Basin.

With formal gardens, Como Gardens also has an ornamental lake, rainforest and wetlands. The Vintage Car Museum includes Formula 1 racing cars of significance and always attracts lots of visitors.

Map of Como Gardens

There was much disappointment last year when the Como Gardens Open Day had to be cancelled in September 2012 as a result of the heavy rains at that time. Extensive damage to the infrastructure, especially the railway and the bridge, was caused and repairs have only just been completed.

Como Gardens are now heavily in preparations for their Family Day which is scheduled for the 17th February. Starting at 10.30am and going through until 4.00pm , Family Day will provide the Hills with one of its most attractive and exciting events for 2013.

The Consul-General of Japan will be presented at 12.45pm and this will be followed by Taiko (Japanese Drumming) with Toshi Sakamoto and his students.

Featuring garden tours and special workshops for adults as well as children, there are a number of events that will be running throughout the day.

Garden Tours - 10.30am and 1.00pm
Working Display Vintage Car Museum - talk 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Vintage Car Museum

Ikebana (flower arrangements) demonstrations and display 2.30pm.

Taiko (Japanese Drumming) with Toshi Sakamoto and his students.

Toshi Sakomoto -

Following this performance, Toshi will hold a drumming workshop for children

Rainy Day Books *(the best little bookshop in the hills). Seek out Rainy Day Books special selection of Ikebana and Japanese Cooking Books.

Blue Lotus Watergardens
Display featuring various water lilies and lotus, including the world's largest waterlily in the world - the Amazon Lily Pad. Blue Lotus Watergardens are situated at 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction VIC 3797. (03) 5967 2061

Amazon Lily Pad

Horticulture Ferns and Orchids for sale
Model Boats on the Lake

For the children:

The drumming workshop - Toshi Sakomoto (as mentioned above)
Puppeteer and ventriloquist Gordon Ross
Rainforest walk for children
Teddy Bears Picnic in the Rainforest
Fairy Dell
Children's workshop in the Woodlands - Ikebana (flower arrangement) 11.00 am
The Shire of Tolkein containing Bilbo Baggins House

And for everyone - a sausage sizzle and Devonshire teas and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Entry Fee: $7.50, children under 14 free. Donation to St John Ambulance and the S.E.S.

Dogs on leads permitted. Toilets for the disabled. Ample on site parking.
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When: 17th February
Where: The Basin
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