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Kevin Heinze Peoples Garden

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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 July 24th 2019
A hidden garden, but it shouldn't be
This rather small garden is hidden away behind the strip of shops in Mount Dandenong Road in Montrose. It can also be accessed through the Montrose Recreation Oval entrance.

Garden entrance
The entrance from the Montrose sporting fields.


It is named the Kevin Heinze Peoples Garden as it featured in Kevin's gardening television program, Sow What, which was broadcast on the ABC between 1967 and 1988.

Plaque
A nice touch of humour.

Although small in size, there are parts where you can almost become lost. A short boardwalk takes you through a densely planted area, including a small stand of bamboo. The boardwalk has a handrail on one side to help steady those who are not steady on their feet.

Boardwalk
The short boardwalk with guide rail.


Bamboo
The small stand of bamboo.

One spot between three large gum trees has a park bench seat under them, which would be a very peaceful place on a warm summers day.

Garden seat
A bench offering peaceful views.

There are many rhododendron bushes throughout the garden which have traditionally been planted by incoming presidents of the Montrose Rotary Club. These, when in flower add a splash of colour to the otherwise verdant vista.

Rhododendron
A perfect bloom.

On my winter walk through the garden, several rhododendron bushes were in flower, not fully, but enough to add to the enjoyment of the garden.

Flower
Another colourful bloom.

The only bird sighted was one solitary mudlark, foraging among fallen leaves. These small magpie like birds do not seem to mind being approached closely, before departing the scene.

Mudlark
A mudlark foraging.

There are two entrances to the garden. The paths are compacted gravel and flat, presenting no problems for wheelchairs.

Garden entrance
This is the entrance from behind the shops.

This would be a perfect little garden to visit for anyone with mobility disabilities as it packs a lot of different environments in a small area and is perfectly level over its entire area.

Sign
Read all about it.

The entrance behind the shopping strip leads to a picnic table and seats surrounded by trees and would be a very enjoyable place for a picnic lunch or just a rest to take in the scenery.

Picnic table
A hidden table in a hidden garden.

It is a truly hidden garden, but it shouldn't be.
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Where: Kevin Heinze Peoples Garden. Off Mount Dandenong Road, Montrose. Melways map: 52 C.7.
Cost: free
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