Sunday, November 10, 2013
For today's garden, we're going to take a trip down under to Australia. Pirianda Garden is located in Victoria, Australia within the Dandenong Mountain range. If you go, be sure to wear good hiking shoes, because this place has some seriously steep inclines.
The twenty-five acre garden was built in 1962 by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Ansell of Ansell industries. The gardens were open to the public in 1977. If you're looking at these pictures and thinking that this doesn't look like Australia, it's because most of these plants were imported from overseas. You'll see hydrangeas, Blackwoods, Mountain Ash, rhododendron, azaleas, magnolias, and one very unusual tree, the Chinese Handkerchief tree, which flowers in November.
For those of you who like a little trivia, the word, Pirianda, is an aboriginal word that means, "sufficient" or "enough." I'd say it certainly has enough inclines! If you don't mind that sort of thing, it's a lovely place to walk -especially in the fall. The colors are just gorgeous!
The garden is open daily from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM June through September. Hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM the rest of the year.