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Women's Peace Garden

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published November 18th 2014
Feel the serenity


You couldn't describe this garden as tucked away, given that it is on Epsom Road in Kensington, however it definitely lives up to its name. It's a very peaceful spot.

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Epsom Road entry


The site was originally used as a holding pen for livestock for the Newmarket Saleyards. The garden itself had its beginnings in1989 from an idea developed during the International Year of Peace in 1986. Designed by a team of women, the garden has benefitted from the work of many volunteers as well as the local community and schools.

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A sign explains the history of the garden and its symbolism


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The peace sign picked out in bluestone


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There are plantings of rosemary, olive trees and peace roses as symbols of peace


Colours in the garden of green, purple and white reflect the colours of the women's movement.



If you'd like to stroll further, go down Darcy Lane from the Women's Peace Garden and follow the peppercorn shaded bluestone walkway. This is the old stock route and it runs from Racecourse Road, under Epsom Road and right through to the Maribyrnong River. Along the way, and particularly at the Racecourse Road end, there's signage which relates the history of the saleyards. Bluestones and remnants of the post and rail fencing are a feature of the area.

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Walk through the remnants of the Newmarket Saleyards


Dogs are permitted (on a leash) both at the Women's Peace Garden and along the stockroute walk.
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Why? It's a little different to your average theme park
When: Anytime
Where: 69-81 Epsom Road, Kensington
Cost: Free
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