Visiting Herb Gardens

A walk in a winter garden brings rosy bloomvto chilly cheeks!!

Gardens are the Homes of Birds 

A Bird Happy in a Winter Garden

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The Garden of Captain Cook’s Parents’ House 

Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Victoria 2009











 Jane Austen’s Chawton Cottage Garden

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Geelong Botanical Gardens in WINTER  

Salvias bloom in Red, Magenta and many shades of Pink.

‘Pink Icicles’ is especially beautiful !

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 Lambley Garden Nursery in Autumn 2017


  Monet’s Garden in Late April is Magnificent

Tulips are Superb, Planted in Drifts with Flowers of

Similar Colours, Wall Flowers, Peonies, Forget Me Nots,

Lilac, Wisteria, Columbines, Daisies, Roses and Daffodils,

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      Spring in a Herb Society Member’s Garden



Winter in Geelong Botanic Gardens Victoria Australia

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Cloudehill Olinda Victoria

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A Cottage Garden In Cornwall







A quiet corner in the Botanic Gardens Melbourne





    Burnley Horticultural College and Gardens

Burnley Gardens is now part of the University of Melbourne and still a hub of Horticultural research and study. The land is a public garden with very different areas. There is a Herb Garden with a huge picnic table and benches, crafted from an ancient tree, which fell in a storm several years ago. The sunken garden is being renovated. The Orchard, Vegetable Garden and Lawns complete with a pond and border beds are all wonderful. On Open days for the College The roof top garden is fascinating and a research project simultaneously. This photograph shows the bronze Water Fountain commissioned by the Herb Society of Victoria almost twenty years ago in memory of Enid Carbury a student of the newly founded, in1873, Burnley Horticultural College and Hank Swaan a former lecturer and researcher of the College. both late members of the Herb Society.

















The Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne have huge trees and a shaded pool for cool places to sit in summer.

















Geelong Botanic Gardens has a massive Gingko tree said to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. It has a huge variety of Salvias and cute Bollards which depict the founder of the Gardens and his wife.








Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s Garden includes many superb established plants including this wonderful Camelia tree.








Ballarat Botanic Gardens has a large bed of Herbs including Yarrow which flower in Spring and Summer.




 Yarrow in the botanic Gardens at Ballarat in January









Captain Cook’s parents’ Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne is  surrounded by a Hawthorn hedge. The herb garden includes the edible potager herbs of the seventeenth century like Sorrel, Fennel, Hazel, Hyssop and Pot Marigold. There are medicinal herbs, Comfrey, Self Heal, Wild Strawberry, St John’s Wort and Sage. The garden has Crab Apples, Roses, Raspberry Canes, Garlic and Cabbage. In spring after rain the Chickweed and Nettles are prolific and used for salads, steamed greens and teas. Borage with its bright blue flowers, Nasturtiums’  brilliant orange and yellow flowers and succulent seeds provide food as well as beautiful garden plants. Cabbage leaves and lime juice were used by Captain Cook’s sailors to prevent scurvy, caused as we now know by lack of vitamin C. This is a photograph of the head of the bronze statue of Captain Cook in the garden

Here is the flag which flies when the garden is open. The Pot Marigold or Calendula is a medicinal herb with antibiotic petals and leaves, which can reduce swelling when made into a poultice. The petals can be added to scones and bread for fibre flavour and colour or added to salads. This orange Calendula officinalis flower was in the garden in November 2009.





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