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Pockett's gardens

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About Pockett's gardens

The Melbourne suburb of Malvern is renowned for its landscaped public gardens and tree-lined streets. The man responsible for this verdant legacy was Thomas W Pockett (1857–1952), who established the suburb's first public park in 1890 at Malvern Gardens and held the post of Malvern's Curator of Parks and Gardens for 30 years.

Landscape gardening was Thomas Pockett's trade, but his passion was breeding chrysanthemums. Newspaper reports feature tips from Pockett on his world-renowned and prize-winning 'mums, which complemented his garden designs of stately avenues of oaks and elms, sinuous paths and elaborate fountains.

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