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Garden Street, Kilsyth

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 18th 2022
There are many gardens in Garden Street
This one-kilometre street runs between Liverpool Road and Colchester Road. It is straight and flat with several roundabouts and many speed humps, as it appears to be a shortcut between the two roads.

Garden Street.
Garden Street.

I started my walk at the Liverpool Road end and it appeared to be a well-established area with most properties having a front fence. It was pleasing to see many picket fences on these properties.

picket fence
White picket fences have a nostalgic appeal.

picket fence
Wide ones look great.

Flowering gums are flowering at this time of the year and an unusual one was a pink variety as a street tree. Another street tree was an orange flowering gum.

Pink flowering gum.
Pink flowering gum.

Orange flowering gum.
Orange flowering gum.

Many walkers were about. They all appeared to be going somewhere rather than just on a walk or exercise.

Walkers with a purpose.

I caught a lone walker, photographically speaking, walking under the pink flowering gum tree with a picket fence in the background. A nice juxtaposition I thought.

walker under gum tree.
A nice scene.

One garden had an abundance of roses growing above the fence, so a red and a white one were photographed.

Roses are red ... and white.

One property had a high brick fence, looking more like a wall and appeared to be a magnet for graffiti vandals. Graffiti is not often seen on street walks, probably because of the lack of suitable canvases.

Graffiti on wall.
Senseless vandalism.

Some Christmas garden decorations were still evident. Only one garden lamp was seen and the only birdbath spotted seemed to be abandoned in a garden corner.

Christmas decorations
A reminder.

Garden lamp & bird bath.
Garden lamp & bird bath.

The only birds seen were a noisy minor and a spotted dove.

Noisy miner and spotted dove.

One protea bush exhibited several blooms in various stages of flowering. Several honeysuckle flowers also added a splash of colour.

Always attractive.

Honeysuckle flowers.

A creeper with several purple trumpet like flowers was identified as morning glory specimens, having an easy escape through a wire fence. A single red rose managed to escape through a picket fence.

Escaped flowers.
The escapees.

About a third of the way along Garden Street, the residences stopped and factories began and continued to Colchester Road. Many had landscaped gardens. Several had picnic tables for the benefit of their workers.

picnic tables.
The industrial area had lots of street parking, but many factories had facilities for workers at lunchtime.

Many of these were in factory gardens.

One of the biggest factories was that of ARB, four-wheel-drive specialists. I was amused to see parked in their garden a motor scooter, far removed from four-wheel drive transport.

motor scooter.
The entrance to ARB.

Many of the factories had left mature trees growing in front of their premises which softened the industrial aspect of factories.

Nice to see trees left in industrial areas,

Whichever end you start this walk, you won't be disappointed.
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Why? A mix of flowers and factories.
When: anytime
Where: Garden Stree, Kilsyth. Melways map: 51. E.9.
Cost: Free
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