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Maranoa Gardens

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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 February 13th 2020
A Botanical Bonanza
Maranoa Gardens is an Australian Native Botanic Garden.

Maranoa gardens entrance
The welcoming entrance.

It covers 2.6 ha. and is home to around 4000 different Australian native plants from all regions of Australia.

map of garden.
A map of the gardens.

There is an off road car park at the end of Parring Road, which is shut from 8.00 pm until 6.00 am. A sign advises motorists to remove their cars before closing time.

Just inside the entrance.

Most of the trees, shrubs and plants have small plaques at their base with their botanical name, common name and their endemic area.

An unusual flower.

The gardens began in 1901 as a private garden. The former City of Camberwell acquired the area in 1922, formally opening them to the public in 1926.

Walkers in garden
Enjoying the walk.

It is truly a magnificent, peaceful and beautiful area. Although in the heart of suburbia, it is set within back streets and no passing traffic is heard.

garden path
One of the unsealed paths.

Most paths are wide and sealed and even. Wheelchairs would have a field day, passing close to and through the various areas. If you have a wheelchair-bound family member, friend, or yourself, come to these gardens for a unique botanical experience.

Backlit bush.
Backlit bushes are picturesque.

red flowers
A carpet of red from dropped blooms.

There a few unpaved narrow paths through some areas which adds to your experience.

There are many park benches scattered around the gardens, all giving the resting person a nice serene view. Many of the seats have small plaques honouring people who have had a long association with the gardens.

couple sitting on seat
Enjoying the view from the shade.

Surprisingly few birds were seen, only a couple of noisy miners and magpies.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

I was there on a very warm summer morning, but the heat was well tempered by the mass of foliage that was available to walk through and under.

Some of the trees have some historical significance, such as a smooth-barked apple, planted by Lady Forster in 1923.

smooth barked apple tree
The smooth barked apple tree.

tree name plaque
The plaque under the smooth barked apple tree.

Many ferns were noticed, particularly in the rain forest area. The birds nest fern which is widespread in rain forests in NSW and Qld.

Birds nest fern
A birds nest fern in the rain forest section.

The flockton wattle is an erect spreading shrub from NSW. It is a member of the acacia family.

Flockton wattle.
The flockton wattle blossom.

Another member of the acacia family is the acacia longissma, a tall spreading shrub or tree found in wet gullies or dry forests in NSW and Qld.

acacia longissma
The acacia longissma in flower.

The myrtle geebung is an erect to spreading shrub found in open well-drained soil in NSW.

Myrtle geebung
The myrtle geebung flower

An hour or more could be spent wandering through the maze of sealed and unsealed paths through these magnificent and well maintained gardens.

A visit to these gardens would not be a disappointment.

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When: Daytime
Where: Parring Road, Balwyn. Melways map: 46. F.7.
Cost: Free
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Well done, Neil, on your milestone achievement - you seemed to get there so quick!
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