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William Ricketts Sculptures at Seawinds Gardens

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by Frances Cameron (subscribe)
A city girl moved to the country. A Diploma in Horticulture (Parks and Gardens), a Diploma in Fashion Design (pattern making), a degree in Communication (Journalism)...the perpetual student of life
Published September 22nd 2013
art and nature
Atop Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, a 34ha tract of land owned by Parks Victoria offers sweeping vistas of Port Phillip Bay, picnic spots to rival any other picnic spots, sweeping parklands with long established trees and an interesting blend of native and exotic gardens; all with the added bonus of a set of remarkable sculptures created by William Ricketts.

The gardens have well maintained paths meandering through open grassland and amongst the garden beds, some of which were created by past owners Sir Thomas and Lady Travers between 1946 and the early 1970's. Being on the top of a rather large hill some of the paths are sloped but still easily managed.

Clean barbeques and picnic tables are an inviting place to spend a few hours with friends or family under magnificent gum trees with plenty of space adjoining to work off all those calories. There are toilets and plenty of parking spaces as well, although car access is restricted at times.

The gardens and established trees make Seawinds an attractive and serene place to visit at any time of the year as there is a lovely mix of exotic evergreen and deciduous trees, along with many stately Australian natives. In the winter time, however, the origins of the name of the gardens becomes apparent, so rug up!
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When: All Year; Closed Xmas Day
Where: Seawinds, Arthurs Seat
Cost: Free
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