Category Archives: History

A case of mistaken identity

This image was recently (14/10/15) published on the Lost Geelong Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LostGeelong) where it was identified as “A man by his car inside the main gates at Eastern Park, 1917”. The same image (confusingly dated c.1925) is displayed in … Continue reading

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Music in the Gardens – 1869 style

Music in the Gardens has been a popular summer event in the Geelong Botanic Gardens over the last decade or more. Sadly, the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens have decided that it is beyond their capacity to continue to run … Continue reading

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Jubaea’s story

I’m getting old now. I’m not as upright as I used to be; my crown is inclining to the southeast and my fronds as not as luxuriant as in the past. All the gardeners take special care of me, my … Continue reading

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AN EASTERN PARK MYSTERY SOLVED

Not all the stories of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park are about Gardens, trees and the way the Botanic Gardens were managed. Some, like this one that I came across during my research are about the people who … Continue reading

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In the beginning …

In the beginning was a bare hillside to the east of the town… The story of the origins of the Geelong Botanical Gardens (as it was then known) was first told by George Jones in his book “Growing Together, a … Continue reading

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Follow your nose – to the Geelong Botanical Gardens

What’s that smell? Today it is definitely Spring (although that may not be the case tomorrow). The sun is shining, the birds are active and plants are starting to put on a bit of spring growth, even if it is … Continue reading

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Lies, damn lies and (tall) stories

(with apologies to Mark Twain ) Being inculcated with the traditional stories of the Geelong Botanic Gardens was part of my “training” as a volunteer guide at the Gardens. I learnt to tell how they came to be and when … Continue reading

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