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Pirianda Gardens

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A unique collection of exotic plants from all over the world

The Pirianda Gardens are an extremely unique collection of exotic plants from all over the world in an Australian setting of mountain ash, collected by Harvey and Gillian Ansell. The Ansells purchased the land for the gardens in 1959 and started to clear it in preparation for the garden, which then began to appear after plants were collected on overseas holidays.

By Melburnian (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

By Melburnian (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Melburnian. (Own work.) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A garden for all seasons

The garden delights in all seasons: Spring: rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, dogwoods, dove tree and spring bulbs; Summer: Mock orange, eucryphia, clethra, hydrangeas and NSW christmas bush. Autumn: Spectacular autumn foliage colours of a wide variety of exotic trees and shrubs, including the unusual sight of Franklinia alatamaha which flowers on leafless branches. Winter: Luculia, witch hazel, camellias and early rhododendrons.

The Pirianda Gardens are only a few moments away from the George Tindale and Alfred Nicholas gardens, between Sassafras and Kallista, on Mount Dandenong.