Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

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The Queen Victoria Gardens are Melbourne's memorial to Queen Victoria. Located on 4.8 hectares (12 acres) opposite the Victorian Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria, bounded by St Kilda Road, Alexandra Avenue and Linlithgow Avenue.Queen Victoria's reign started in 1837, two years after the initial European settlement of Melbourne, and upon her death in 1901 it was thought appropriate to declare an enduring monument to her reign. A memorial statue was commissioned from sculptor James White showing the Queen in ceremonial gowns casting her regal gaze across ornamental lakes, sweeping lawns and rose gardens to the Melbourne Arts Centre Spire and the city skyscrapers.Queen Victoria Gardens are part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes; The Royal Botanic Gardens Kings Domain Alexandra GardensQueen Victoria GardensFeaturesA huge floral clock is positioned opposite the National Gallery of Victoria, containing over 7,000 flowering plants which are changed twice yearly. The clock was donated in 1966 to the City of Melbourne by a group of Swiss watchmakers. Behind the clock stands a bronze equestrian statue, a memorial to Queen Victoria's successor, King Edward VII. The statue, by Melbourne born sculptor Bertram Mackennal, was unveiled on 21 July 1920.
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  • The gardens are an interesting mix, of statues, duck ponds, shady spots, and the floral clock. Today I had a good look at the statue of Queen Victoria's son and successor Edward VII on his horse, the ...  more »
  • There are a few gardens very close to the National Gallery of Victoria. They are very quiet and with lots of vegetation, flowers and trees.
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  • This is a fantastic garden to walk through if you are near Federation Square, Southbank, Art Gallery or Art Centre. They have plenty to look at from water features, to statues and of course the trees,...  more »

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