Gardens & Tea Tree Lake
Originally a tea tree swamp, the area was drained in the late 1870ís
and established as the Mortlake Botanical Gardens
At it's height the gardens and park land totaled nearly 50 acres
and was described by an observer in 1918 as a charming rural retreat
standing in the centre of the town, with it's promenades and pleasure grounds,
it's avenues of towering elm trees, pines and stretches of bewitched willows,
it also contains an interesting and unique Boer War memorial.
Also of note in this area are the Garden keepers cottage and
the Thomas Montgomery Pavilion, also known by the locals as the
rotunda. Built in 1907, this building was dedicated to Thomas
Montgomery, a man of some influence around the turn of the century.
Woolongoon has a large country garden with
spacious, sweeping lawns, elegant mature trees, and wonderful perennial
borders. A participant in the 'Open Garden Scheme', the garden is
run by Luki Weatherly, a regular contributor to the gardening section of
"The Age" newspaper.
For those gardeners who see something that
interests them, some of the more interesting species are usually on sale.
It is opened by appointment and the cost is $5.00
House Fuchsia Nursery & Display Garden
Located in Cook street, Ellerslie (behind the old bluestone
church), Ellerlie House offers over 300 varieties of fuchsia suitable
for baskets, pots & standards. Open from 10 am to 5 pm from the first
of September to the second sunday in May, the nursery also has a range
of crafts available.
Avenue of Honour
Although strictly speaking not an actual park
or garden, Mortlake's Avenue Of Honour is virtually impossible to miss
when approaching the town from the east on the Hamilton Highway and is
registered by the National Trust. Made up of Cypress trees planted
following both world wars, each tree features a dedication plaque for a
local individual that fought for their country.
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