I'm a professional author of novels and poetry, including Blood For St Valentine, The Orphan of Botany Bay, a collection of poetry, Ellipse, and short stories - Raiders Of The Headland.
Published December 3rd 2012
C.J. Dennis is one of Australia's most treasured poets and readers may be curious when researching his collection of works, about the inspiration for his final work, The Singing Garden.
Written in 1935, The Singing Garden is a collection of poetry evoking the Australian bush and its sanctuaries, focussing on different Australian bird species including the Lyretail and The Satin Bower-bird.
As a literary homage, Arden was named after the forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
C.J. Dennis worked for the Herald in the 20's regularly as a writer, and following his marriage he moved to Toolangi, and created a natural sanctuary, celebrated in his writing, tucked away on the Kinglake-Healesville road.
Dennis was famous as a definitive Australian author of such verse as The Sentimental Bloke and the poetic fantasy, The Glugs of Glosh. He also specialised in verse for children.
Upon visiting The Singing Garden the sign juts out over the road in an irresistible inviting manner, suggestive of the lyrical enchantment of the Australian bush which Dennis endeavored to capture and particularly the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding regions. It has the delightful ambience of a balcony extending through the trees as visitors enjoy traditional English roast or Devonshire tea.
The Singing Gardens are open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.