The most notable feature of the Gardens is the wonderful trees that have been used to line many of the pathways (set out like the radiating stripes of the Union Jack). The gardens were initially designed by Clement Hodgkinson and planted by park gardener, James Sinclair, as a dense woodland with meandering avenues. The land originally had been swampy with a creek draining into the Yarra River. The creek was landscaped with ferns and 130 willows, but that did not stop it smelling foul from the sewage from the houses of East Melbourne. The creek was used for irrigation of the western side of the gardens for fifty years. In the early 1900s the creek water substantially improved when sewerage mains were installed to the residences of East Melbourne. During the 1880s and 1890s many of the blue gums and elms were removed to create more room for existing trees, as well as sweeping lawns and ornamental flowerbeds. Further landscaping and beautification features formed the gardens into what they are today: An oasis of green and urban serenity, within walking distance of the CBD.
This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme.
|Two native rainbow lorikeets using the fountain as a giant birdbath!|
|The Common Indian Myna is an introduced species and it has become a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia. They still look quite pretty, though...|
This is the introduced rock dove, also known as feral pigeon or racing pigeon.