B&B and Gardens
Hosts: Bob & Dot O'Neill
49 Hunter Road, Wandin.3139 Victoria, Australia.
Phone: (03) 5964 4523
Overseas: +61 3 5964 4523
at Katandra Gardens
With its peace, tranquility, bush scents and birdlife in 8 acres of paradise.
to visit the magnificent
for their forest walks, magnificent tall trees, gardens, William
Rickett's Sanctuary and Puffing Billy
The Dandenongs with their lush mountain
scenery, their craft shops and restaurants will be a place
you will not wish to miss.
No visit to the Dandenongs will be complete without a trip
on Puffing Billy as it wends its way through forest glades,
tall treeferns and puffs its way to Emerald and back to Belgrave.
Take time to visit the Dandenong Ranges
National Park and Sherbrooke Falls. Hopefully you may
catch a glimpse of a lyre bird. Call in at Grant's Picnic Ground
to see all the parrots coming down amongst the tourists.
Enjoy the tall mountain gums and the beautiful tree ferns.
Stop at the craft shops, sit and enjoy afternoon tea looking
out over the panoramic views and lush mountain plants.
Do call in to visit William Ricketts Sanctuary with its amazing
collection of Aboriginal sculptors. A place of beauty, spiritually
reflecting one man's remarkable philosophy.
For the garden lover there are so many places to visit. The
National Rhododendron Gardens are set amidst great Mountain
Ash with 40 hectares of showcase gardens, Katandra Gardens
with its diverse range of Australian plants is just a short
distance away, the Alfred Nicholas Gardens are renowned for
their extensive water features and Tesselaars Tulip Farm attracts
thousands each year during spring.
Because of its rich mountain soil the Dandenongs is known for
its beautiful gardens and the numerous nurseries and market
gardens as well as the lush forest walks and scenery.
through the bushland
Lavender Farm, Wandin
Lancey Homestead, Wandin
- Enjoy the Gardens
Open Garden Scheme Garden
Featuring Australian Native Plants
Katandra is an Australian aboriginal word meaning
"Song of Birds" and in this garden the birds do just that.
Over 75 species of birds have been recorded in the gardens. The
property was purchased in 1976 as a working orchard of cherries
and plums. About one acre was cleared of fruit trees to start
the home garden in 1977. In 1989 the cherries
and plums were bulldozed and Dot was very keen to have a few
gum trees. These were planted, then Bob, in particular, developed
a strong interest in the Australian flora and quickly added more
Australian plants and a "few" more gum trees. Bob learnt how
to propogate the Australian plants and soon the garden was doubled
in size. Not content with a small garden the O'Neills soon
were looking to add more and more garden beds until today the garden
of 8 acres is stopped only by the fencelines. The whole property
has been turned into one of the most fascinating of gardens.
An extremely extensive range of Australian "Wildflowers" with numerous
collections has been landscaped into mulched garden beds.
The property holds the OPCA collection of Australian Correas or
"Bush Bells" as some like to call them.
The gardens offer peaceful
surrounds, magnificent views, a place to walk around and commune
with nature. and an opportunity to see the honeyeaters, blue wrens,
wattle birds, fantails, willy wag tails, thornbills, grebes and
many other birds which frequent the gardens. Visitors are able
to wander the gardens, filming the plants or identifying some
of the 70+ species which have been recorded in the gardens over
the paast few years.
In 2005 Bob was awarded the prestigious
"Gardener of the Year" by ABC's Gardening Australia
New Holland honeyeater sitting on our "acorn banksia"
Bob was presented with the Golden Spade as "Gardener of the Year
Blandfordia grandiflora or "Christmas Bells" as most people know
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