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Alfred Nicholas Gardens

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One of the most attractive gardens in the Dandenong Ranges is the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens. While some prefer the vibrant colours of autumn that the gardens can provide, they are a quite beautiful and a relaxing outing all year round.

The gardens are located next to and originally part of the estate of the 1933 mansion Burnham Beeches, the home of the Alfred Nicholas who made his fortune through the popularity of Aspro medications. Some years after Nicholas’ death, the gardens were donated to the Sherbrooke Shire in 1965 and have come under the care now of Parks Victoria.

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens (10220509446)
By Chris Phutully from Australia (Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The gardens are accessed through series of pathways that lead one down under the canopy of mountain ash and through gardens of rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias, kalmias, flowering cherries, hydrangeas, fuchsias, native ferns, native terrestrial orchids and more.

Lake by r reeve, on Flickr

The ornamental lake at the lower level of the gardens showing the bridges that allow access to the small island in the middle.  A very relaxing spot to sit beneath a tree and talk or read or picnic.