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Published February 2nd 2017
Got 99 problems and the Gardens ain't one
An incidental trip to the Garden of Eden - sorry - Royal Botanic Gardens has me convinced that the recipe for anyone who is not a nature lover is exactly that - an incidental trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
I can't tell where the garden ends and where it begins - it is mysterious in its majesty and I wouldn't be mad if I got lost in there forever. I felt like Jane of the Jungle as soon as I walked in there, so I know the gardens would look after me if I somehow got separated from the group as has been the case throughout history. Related: Tarzan, George of the Jungle - you get it. Nature would look after me and make sure I blossom.
The Gardens are perfect for everything, when the temperamental Melbourne weather permits. Perfect for a picnic under one of their numerous oak trees, perfect for a lazy afternoon stroll and perfect for a jog with a killer scenery.
The Gardens can easily compete as one of the best local and tourist attractions in Australia and as if that's not enough, there's a little bit extra going on at the Gardens this month, to prove that your hard-earned tax dollars are being well-utilised.
Check out their website for details on guided tours, punting on the lake, high tea (yes, you read that right) and so much more.
They even have screenings of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night coming up later in the month which I will definitely be going to, if only to re-live my high school days.
Right across the road from the Gardens is the Shrine of Remembrance, arguably one of Australia's iconic landmarks, and a great place to soak up a bit of history from the first and second world war.