Gold Street, Clifton Hill 3068.
Melway ref: 2C, H3
Darling Gardens is a peaceful retreat amidst busy Hoddle Street and Queens Parade in Clifton Hill.
Covering 7.2 hectares, the gardens were created in 1866. In the centre of the park you'll find a historic rotunda, as well as a children's playground, barbeque and picnic area.
Darling Gardens has plenty of open space, great for walking, running and playing, as well as shaded and sheltered areas.
Measures to support tree health
In late 2011/early 2012, Council’s arborist became concerned that Darling Gardens’ trees were not recovering as well as had been expected after the 14-year drought ended last year.
During the drought, Council installed 1.5 kilometres of drip irrigation into Darling Gardens to help support the trees. Mulch was also applied under the trees to help them retain water and to improve the soil quality.
Despite these proactive measures, the health of several trees has suffered. Three of the gardens’ trees declined to the point where they had to be removed in February 2012. In late 2011, Council’s arborist initiated scientific testing of the soil around the gardens. The testing established that, due to the drought, the soil under many of the trees has become hydrophobic. This means the soil is repelling rather than absorbing water.
Further laboratory and on-site testing indicates the soil can be improved by injecting soil conditioners and wetting agents into the soil. Council is confident that this soil injecting will significantly improve the health of the trees.
For more information, contact Justin Hanrahan, Manager - Open Space and Recreation, on 9205 5720 or at Justin.Hanrahan@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Features and facilities
Features and facilities include:
- Sheltered areas
- Picnic tables
- Dog off-leash area Multi Zone.
- Drinking fountains
- On street parking
Click here to inquire about park hire.
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Further information regarding hiring of park facilities
Venues & Events
Further information regarding park maintenance
Coordinator - Open Space
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