The two-hectare garden is one of our hidden jewels featuring more than 1400 different species of native plants, a retail plant nursery, community room and lovely views. Established in 1965, Karwarra is one of the few public gardens where native plants are used exclusively, giving visitors the opportunity to see how they can be used effectively as part of a landscaped garden.It is owned and operated by Council with support and assistance from the 'Friends of Karwarra' group.
Karwarra has a well stocked plant nursery and staff can assist with the selection of plants suitable to your particular needs.
A small function room is also available for community groups. BBQ's and picnic tables are also available at the Kalorama Memorial Reserve.
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Karwarra will be closed on Total Fire Ban Days and during extreme weather.
Entry is free. No pets.
Karwarra is located in the Kalorama Memorial Recreation Reserve.
Karwarra also has a well stocked plant nursery with Australian native plants available for sale to the public.
1190-1196 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama 3766 View Map
1190-1196 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road ,
Wildflowers at Karwarra
Garden and gatehouse
Pathway through the garden
Seedlings at the nursery
Waratah in flower
The gardens will be closed on Public Holidays.Nursery will be open for card sales only - no cash. Please maintain appropriate social distancing at all times.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
P.O. Box 105, Anderson Street
Lilydale, VIC 3140
P 1300 368 333
F (03) 9735 4249
Media contact: 0409 265 642
Yarra Ranges Council respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, as the custodians of this land. We pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of the region.
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