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Williamstown Botanic Gardens

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Insouciant bon-vivant and erstwhile troubadour prone to verbose verbiage.
Published April 30th 2012
Amongst the sexy restaurants and waterfront eateries scattered around Williamstown Beach the Williamstown Botanic Gardens can sometimes be overlooked as a place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Many simply regard the area surrounding the Gardens as a good place to avoid the parking meter, however they're missing out on a hidden gem.

With a number of lawns and a variety of foliage the Gardens would keep the botanist interested as well as entertaining the non-flower-nerd by providing numerous places for a picnic, a game of tiggie with the kids or solitary contemplation of one's favourite novel.
Willi Bot - Gold Elm
The Golden Elm Lawn

Founded in the days before native plants were fashionable, the Gardens include the picturesque 'Golden Elm Lawn' as well as more palm trees per square metre than an episode of Hawaii 5-0. Green grass dappled with sun and the shade of a gracious elm is one of the simple joys to behold.
Willi Bot Palms
Aisle of Palms

My favourite feature though is the palm lined walkway leading to the statue of famed ZZ Top cover artist the Hon. Alfred Thomas Clark MLA. Clark represents a bygone era of both bushy beards and politicians, so loved by their constituents that they were immortalised through sculpture (or a time of cronyism pre-dating audits of ministerial credit cards). Steve Bracks should be so lucky!
Willi Bot Statue
A beard that deserved being immortalised

The Williamstown Botanic Gardens don't have any computer games or displays known as "interactive" however bring your children there with a picnic lunch and a Harry Potter paperback and you should be able to while away the hours under the watch of some very historic timber.
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Why? Relaxation, Recreation, Reading
When: Whenever
Where: Giffard Street, Williamstown
Cost: Free
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