The Blue Lotus Water Garden will be a day trip from Melbies. There is a Watergarden, Cafe, Boutique and Plant Nursery, Showcasing Nature’s Beauty with Australia's largest waterlilies. The 14 acre display garden of exotic lotus and waterlillies has the following features:-
1.Two lakes, one with ten islands connected by twelve bridges (including three arched bridges) …. all islands are surrounded by a mass of colourful flowers.
2.Three smaller dams with hundreds of flowering waterlillies and lotus edged by many exotic plants.
3. An area of river flats that have been landscaped with eighty small ponds filled with over fifty varietys of lotus The ponds contain hundreds of plants generating thousands of blooms daily.
4.The backdrop to the property, situated in the Upper Yarra Valley is the gran peaks of the Mt Donna Buang Ranges. The Little Yarra River and the Britannia Creek account for two of the property’s boundaries.
5.The whole garden is landscaped with native and exotic trees and shrubs. Walking tracks with shade structures and picnic facilities have been constructed so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the aroma of thousands of flowers in bloom.
6.Three hothouses display:
– Tropical waterlillies featuring the Charles Winch collection.
– Australian native Lotus and Waterlillies and other native aquatics.
– Spectacular South American giant waterlilly Victoria Cruziania
7. A retail nursery selling potted lotus, waterlillies and other plants, plus pond equipment andgarden ornaments. Fresh flowers, Lotus products,postcards, etc. are also available.
Further Info: http://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au
Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/MbTJy
Cost: Charges for Display Garden Adults $15
On the grounds: Enjoy a coffee, cake or light lunch overlooking the magnificent flowering lotus and waterlillies.
If you have the time and interest: Warratina Lavender Farm is a hop, skip and a jump away. Feel free to go there yourselves, we will not officially go there as a group, but it's there if you want to split your day.
Check out the Warratina Lavender Farm website for location and opening hours details.
Pub action: up the road is The Sam Knott Hotel where we can get together after the flowers and photo fun for a debrief on who saw and did what. Come when you're ready, probably from around the 5pm mark.
The Sam Knott Hotel is located on the Warburton Hwy in Wesburn. The Google shortlink for directions is: http://goo.gl/maps/pXwB9.
The Sam Knott Hotel website is here: http://www.samknotthotel.com.au/.
Thank you to Barbsie for this suggestion, looks like a goer!
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