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Karwarra Australian Native Plant Garden

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by Andrew Burton (subscribe)
I am a Freelance Writer-Photographer and Novelist. I travel to find inspiration, wherever the distant horizons lead.
Published May 30th 2015
Imagine your native garden, over a barbeque or cafe lunch
Karwarra Australian Native Plant Gardens.
Learn more about native plants at Karwarra.
Lets' make 3 K's fill an afternoon for you. Winter, is a time we think of visiting friends and relatives, or curling up with a movie or a good book by the fire. If you ever get the feeling you need to break-out and there is a fine patch of weather for the weekend, then here is something for you and the family.
Inspiration for building your Australian native plant garden at Karwarra.
Inspiration for building your own Australian native plant garden.
The the Karwarra Australian Native Plant Garden and Nursery is dedicated to displaying a wonderful variety of native plants which can produce colourful flowers for most of the year. The range of shapes, size, form and plant habit of natives can be,interesting and provide a hardy and water efficient garden, not to mention they have less maintenance and can help suppress weeds. You can attract native birds and animals too, depending on the area in which you live. The naturalised bushland areas in the garden will have native orchids growing in spring and summer. The created plant beds provide ideas and inspiration. The gardens nursery hosts a great range of plants, so why not go 'native'.
Native plants can produce colour in the garden most of the year.
Native plants can produce colour in the garden most of the year.
In 1965, the local shire purchased the 2 hectares of land on behalf of the Mount Dandenong Horticultural Society to develop an Australian plant garden. It was owned by Thomas Hand and family since 1870, and was farmed until 1939.

The helpful staff and volunteers at Karwarra will go to great lengths to help with questions and information and do a commendable job. They are advocates of the gardens policy to maintain, develop, and preserve native species through the Friends Group and the Plant Conservation Association of Australia .The new entry is part of a new master plan to renovate and rejuvenate the grounds, to aid visitors, prams and wheelchair access through the gardens. Karwarra provide a free e-newsletter containing valuable native plant growing information, Karwarra's events and exhibitions, activities, workshops and plant sales.
Meeting rooms for hire at Karrawa Australian Native Gardens.
Meeting rooms for hire at Karrawa Australian Native Gardens.
Kalorama General Store And Cafe.
Kalorama General Store And Cafe, conviently placed across the road from Karwarra.
There is a function room with amenities and catering from Kalorama General Store. This can be hired for meetings and groups, but not for social parties. The garden and forest outlook is certainly a grand vista. The gardens definately are a great community service provided the local Council. There is good parking immediately at the front, or around the adjoining Kalorama Memorial Park. See their website at Karwarra Australian Plant Garden for full information, or email; and ph; 03 9728 4256. See the website to subscribe to the free e-newsletter.

The general store is the local community hub, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Apart from being agents for all utilities, the window is full of adds for local services and they have a cosy cafe. The comprehensive range of snacks is handy if you are across the road at Karwarra and the Kalorama Memorial Park. The beef-burgundy pies are delicious and the place has a great homely feel too.
Kalorama Memorial Park, anyhing activity you can imagine,
Imagination can make fun in the park something new.
Kalorama Memorial Park is one of those places to take the kids and let them run wild. The oval is huge with good parking, and traffic on the gravel road encircling it is very low, it feels safe. Take a bat, ball, practice fly fishing, or fly a model plane. Remember the days of balsa- wood gliders and elastic band driven propellers? With too much emphasis on gadgets today, why not take a step back and let the kids feel how it good being outdoors really can be. Go snap a 'laker-band' on your cold fingers today.. 'thwack', that is as much fun as shutting fingers in a car-door or stubbing your toe. The play equipment has been removed, and current signage indicates coming redevelopments, but a game of tennis will keep the blood flowing and the covered barbecue facilities can help make a the trip a fun event. For information about hiring the Kalorama hall, contact; The Yarra Ranges Council on; ph. 1300 368 333, or email;
Picnic shelter and barbeque facilities at Kalorama Memorial Park.
Picnic shelter and barbeque facilities.
These 3 attractions are only a kilometre from '5 Ways Kalorama' and follow the related articles to make great choices. Silvan Reservoir is only a few kilometers along gravel roads from 5 Ways too, and you just have to see the view over Sivan Reservoir. Choices, choices...
View of Silvan Reservoir from Kalorama.
View of Silvan Reservoir from Kalorama.
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Why? To be inspired by Australian native gardens, and have barbeque in the park or a cafe lunch.
When: All year round.
Phone: 03 9728 4256
Where: Kalorama, the general store and the park and gardens are 5 kilometers along the Mount Dandenoung Tourist Road from Montrose.
Cost: Karwarra and the Kalorama Memorial Park are free, the electric barbeque is coin operated.
Your Comment
Love that their focus is native plants
by Rota (score: 2|717) 2805 days ago
Nice garden, i usually buy my plant products from Get Green Aus( and they have great plants and trees too!
by annac (score: 0|2) 2243 days ago
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