What we'll do
WEDNESDAY, 11th September 2019
Visit Maranoa Gardens, Balwyn & Beckett Park next door
Lunch The Baker & Me Cafe, 308 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, phone[masked]
Meet 10am at the Kireep Rd entrance to Maranoa Gardens, Melway 46F7
Please advise Graham Ellis[masked] if you are planning to attend.
Unfortunately, the walk from Whitehorse Rd to the Gardens is distinctly uphill. Hopefully a pick-up from the corner of Kireep Rd and Whitehorse Rd might be arranged at the September General Meeting. The uphill walk is about 400m.
Maranoa Gardens has been run by Council for about 100 years already. It is a Botanic Gardens dedicated to growing Australia's vast array of native plants (and some New Zealand ones too). Being at the top of a hill has caused considerable issues with soil and drying out. Those issues have now been dealt with fairly effectively and the range of plants you will see here is quite substantial. Labelling is quite thorough. In early spring expect to see many plants flowering profusely especially considering some recent months have provided generous rainfall.
After surveying these Gardens we can leave eastwards into Beckett Park which has a substantial reserve for native grasses and low herby plants, all local to the Melbourne area. There is an outstanding specimen of Coastal Tea-tree nearby and a tower, which when climbed gives wonderful views to the Great Dividing Range.
We will lunch nearby at The Baker & Me Cafe. This is right at Stop 48 of the Whitehorse Rd tram. Menu items include
• Chunky beef pie with garden salad & tomato relish $9
• Corn fritters with zucchini, carrot, garden salad & relish $12.50
• Chicken Cacciatore: chicken breast bites, olives, capsicum,
green beans, salsa, roasted garlic bread, GF $20
Transport to Maranoa Gardens
Tram 109 to Stop 49, walk up Kireep Rd
Bus 612 Union Rd, Bus 285 Balwyn Rd connects to the tram.