Summer is not far off but the gardens at the Historic Village Herberton are still showing off their spring thing. It’s a riot of colour and subtle beauty spreading the joy of nature at her best.
In among the blooms you will find the delightful Gladiolus (plural is gladioli), the long flowering spikes so beloved of by our ‘Moonee Ponds housewife superstar’, Dame Edna Everage, aka Barry Humpries. You may know them as ‘sword lillies’, so-called because of the sword-shaped leaves.
The beautiful jacaranda trees create a wonderful late-spring spectacle at the Village and around the town, with a breath-catching display on the trees and a carpet of fallen lavender-blue blossoms at their feet.
Jacarandas are native to South America and the story goes that the trees around Herberton are offspring of a tree that was grown from seed by town founder John Newell (whose home, Elderslie House, now has pride of place at the Village).
The hot pink Azaleas are still in bloom, and the Snap Dragons are putting on a real show of deep reds and purples and yellows.
The Hyppeastrums have a fabulous orange display and there is lots more colour with the Daylillies, Pansies, cheerful Impatients and lots of different Daisies.
Manager Judy Cooper said the Village was really proud of its Kangaroo Paws (Western Australia’s floral emblem), which can be found along the edge of the radio room.
“We were also pretty excited to have won Champion Pansy at the Herberton Garden Club flower show in September with a magnificent blue bloom.”
Treat yourself to a trip down memory lane and indulge your senses with some of these old-fashioned favourites at the Historic Village Herberton. For photos, visit www.historicvillageherberton.com.au
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