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Monday, October 17, 2011

Historic Como Gardens, open weekend, The Basin

These pix were taken on Sunday October 16, 2011, at the beautiful historic Como Garden, The Basin, in the foothills of Mt Dandenong, 35 km east of centeral Melbourne.

The Garden, of six acres, was established in 1873 and has uncommon and rare plants collected over many years. The garden boasts a fine Motor Museum which features many veteran and vintage cars some of these include an 1896 Benz which is one of the first ever production cars, a 1927 Grand Prix Bugatti Type 35c which is still raced today, pride of the fleet is a 1936 Mercedes Benz 540k and a 1924 Vauxhall one of the first production cars to reach a speed over 100mph.

The open garden weekend, sponsored by "Eastern 98.1 FM Radio" and "Seasol" featured steam train rides along the miniature 650 m track, live music, Rainy Day Books stall, devonshire teas and sausage sizzle, remote controlled model boats on the lake, horticultural ferns and orchids sale and children's entertainment consisting of fairy tree, face painting, a ventriloquist and a puppeteer.

A creek runs through the Gardens, and there is an interesting 2 km Rain Forest Walk along the Creek valley, passing through a mysterious jungle.

Wetlands are next to the Lake, and there is an old windmill

The Historical Marker and big ancient Oak Tree are at the western end of the Gardens.

There are wide grassed walking tracks throughout the Gardens, laid out in a grid formation, and signs identify the many varieties of shrubs, trees, and flowers.

There is a small zoo, displaying various ducks, geese, and fowls!

Visit the Como Gardens website for further information:

The Open Weekend is run by volunteers, with an admission charge of $7.50 per person - it only occurs twice a year - the next is planned for April 2012.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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