Photowalk Community – Autumn Colours in Dandenong Ranges – Sunday 5 May 2019

Our May photowalk will be held in the Dandenong Ranges, with opportunities to capture beautiful autumn colours in the gardens. We will visit two gardens: the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, and Cloudehill Gardens.

  Image: Sally Paterson 

The Alfred Nicholas Gardens are known for its picturesque waterfalls, water features, and iconic ornamental lake and boathouse.

The gardens are operated by Parks Victoria – entry is free. A variety of native birds may be seen in the gardens including king parrots and colourful rosellas. There are ducks in the lake and kookaburras can often be heard in the treetops. There is a blend of native and exotic trees including mountain ash, ginkgoes, maples and liquid ambers. Colour is provided throughout the year by a variety of flowering exotic shrubs, bulbs and trees.

Our second stop is Cloudehill Gardens (entry $10) – spend some time wandering around the 20 garden areas threaded through 80 year old European beech, magnolias, maples and a collection of Himalayan tree rhododendrons, all beautifully grown and a testament to the lush, moist soils of the Dandenongs. The garden is highlighted by glorious herbaceous borders which focus on two of the finest Japanese weeping maples to be seen anywhere in the world. ($10 entry fee to gardens, payable in the garden shop, on arrival). Feel free to visit the Diggers Nursery and retail shop.

Bring a tripod if you would like to do some macro photography.

We will conclude with drinks/dinner at a local pub at the end of the day.

All visitors, friends and members of the Melbourne Camera Club are welcome.

Please allow a little extra time for car parking if the gardens are busy – there are designated car parks at each garden, but also plenty of parking on the side of the road.

Date: Sunday 5 May

Time: 1.00pm for a 1.15pm start

Meeting Location: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, 1A Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke – meet inside main gate

Duration: 4 hours, plus dinner

Cost: $10.00 garden entry for Cloudehill Gardens (Free entry at Alfred Nicholas Gardens)