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Okay, so this is no Melbourne or Cranbourne Botanic Garden, so having Botanic Gardens in the name may be disappointing for some people in comparison. It's more like a big park with a playground and a few nice features, such as the pond, fern walk and entrance gates.
The George Pentland Botanic Gardens backs on to the Frankston Hospital and makes a nice retreat for hospital staff at lunch time. Family and friends visiting patients also enjoy some down time here away from the very clinical environment of the hospital.
It's also a popular picnic spot on the weekends and each year there is a teddy bears picnic that is usually attended by thousands of people during the day.
During the week plenty of kinder aged children enjoy the playground and feed the ducks, though this is just as popular with older residents in the community who enjoy sitting in the park to feed the ducks their left over bread.
The park is surrounded by trees and bushes of all sorts but once you are in, it is open and has undulating grass areas with a duck pond, which I would say is the main feature, a fern walk around the back of the pond is also popular with children exploring, with wooden bridges and sculptures. There are many shady areas in the park, which is nice on a warm day to put the picnic rug out and watch the ducks on the ponds surface.
The park itself was formerly a nine hole municipal golf course on 7.5 hectares. In 1975 the Botanic Gardens were established and has recently undergone improvements to attract more visitors and to improve horticultural diversity. All the plants in the park are Australian natives.