When people take a visitor to our fair city to St Kilda by tram, be it the 3a, 16 or 96, it is usual to hop off the tram right in the middle of 'the buzz'. But there is another way to do it by slowly awakening their senses. This occurred to me as we alighted from the 67 tram in Brighton Road and walked a short distance along Dickens Street in Elwood to the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, or Blessington Street Gardens, if you like.
Elwood has many fine apartment blocks, and some not so fine ones. This is a fine one.
You simply must click on this photo to see the fantastic balcony ironwork.
Into the gardens via the south east corner.
The roses aren't quite in full bloom.
Nothing like a good rotunda.
Ever such neat rose beds.
A nice arbour walk in the distance.
There is no getting away from it. Councils just love strappy things, which I am not fond of.
A tall featured palm.
I am so glad Rain Man has been repaired and the pond is has been restored. The glass house can also be seen. Note some very dark folk enjoying the water on their feet. It is unusual to see the very dark people in St Kilda. Making assumptions, I wonder if this scene was what they dreamt of when they left their own troubled country.
I could have never gotten in so close with the old camera. The brighter the sunlight, the more water fall,s as the pump is solar driven.
You must agree, it is a delightful setting. We exited via the north west gate. A few more photos from the day in another post.