Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne's two best gardens (the
other being the Royal Botanic Gardens).
It is situated on the corner of Clarendon Street and Wellington
Parade, and along with the Treasury Gardens
adjoin the eastern perimeter of the CBD.
Walk to the top end
of Collins Street and the Windsor Hotel,
and directly opposite are the Treasury Gardens. Walk through
them, cross the street and you are in the Fitzroy Gardens. And
short walk is well worth it as these are a fine example of a
grand city garden. They are wonderfully laid out across 26 hectares,
with huge formal garden beds, walking paths, a superb collection
of trees, a gorgeous conservatory and the cottage that was once
the home of Captain James Cook.
The Pavillion Restaurant and
kiosk used to be formal tearooms. Also situated within the
grounds is a "Fairies' Tree", a model Tudor Village,
bandstand rotunda and the "Temple of the Winds"
The Conservatory, built in 1930, has displays throughout
the year: Hydrangea/Fuschia (November to February), tuberous
Begonia (February to April), Tropical/Poinsettia (April
to July), Cineraria/Cyclamen (July to September) and Schizanthus/Calceolaria
(September to November).
Fitzroy Gardens: Diana and the Hounds
Another very popular spot to visit is Captain Cooks' Cottage located near to The Conservatory. Painstakingly disassembled brick by brick and transported from it's original location in Yorkshire, England by Sir Russell Grimwadeit, it was reassembled on this site back in 1934.