Author: Kornelia Freeman & Ulo Pukk. Publisher: Melbourne Books. ISBN: 9781922129680. Format: Hardcover, 280 x 240 mm, 304pp.
This new large format coffee table book with over 1500 stunning photos is the latest in the Portraits of Victoria series. Melbourne is famous for its picturesque parks and gardens: from strolling through luxurious greenery, to socialising at picnics and attending garden concerts, Melbourne’s parks are at the heart of life in the city. The changing colours of each season bring new beauty, enticing locals and visitors to regularly return.
Victoria too is hailed as the Garden State. It was in Melbourne’s early development that Governor Charles La Trobe set aside parklands for people to enjoy the beauty of outdoor gardens. Land was reserved for the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens in 1848, and Captain Cook’s Cottage as well as over 1,000 trees including an avenue of 250 Dutch and English Elms can be found here.
The book also includes photos of the historic Carlton Gardens with the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings, which annually hosts the immensely popular Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
Kings Domain, established in 1854, encompasses La Trobe’s Cottage, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and has many trees planted by early directors of the Botanic Gardens, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller and William Guilfoyle.
The Queen Victoria Gardens include a floral clock displaying over 7,000 flowers and the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, established in 1846 are regarded as one of the finest botanic, landscaped gardens in the world.
Melbourne’s passion for natural beauty has led to the creation of hundreds of parks and gardens. The Victoria State Rose Garden, Footscray Park, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, the National Rhododendron Gardens and many more, are breathtaking and truly inspirational.