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Published November 18th 2017
Take a look at the house of Cook
Recently in Melbourne, we stumbled upon this peaceful haven on the south-eastern edge of the CBD. Fitzroy Gardens is 26 hectares of parkland that has been in existence for more than 150 years and has over 2 million visitors annually.
The gardens include many large trees and a variety of features as can be seen on the map. Of particular interest are Cooks' Cottage, the fairies tree, the conservatory and the miniature Tudor village which was gifted to the city of Melbourne in 1948 from Lambeth England.
It would be an easy task to while away a couple of hours here exploring all the features in depth. It would be lovely to have a picnic on the shaded lawns, the cafe is closed but there are plenty of places nearby in which to purchase food and drink. There is plenty of open space for children to play in and young ones would enjoy looking at the fairies tree and miniature village. There is a small entrance fee for Cooks' cottage ($6.50 adult, $18 family) but it is full of interesting historical information and artefacts. If so inclined you can dress in 18th-century costumes.
The flower displays in the conservatory are rotated throughout the year and we were lucky enough to be there when fuschias were featured. We were filled with joy as the vibrantly coloured ballerina-like flowers danced above our heads.
Fuschias on show from November through to February (image JW)