Reflecting St Kilda’s past life as a continental-style seaside resort, the Catani Gardens comprise some six hectares of magnificent landscaped gardens located right on the St Kilda foreshore. Established in the 1920s, they are now of State historical, aesthetic, architectural and horticultural importance. Renowned for their grand avenues and rows of palms and historic monuments, the Catani Gardens are named after their designer, the Italian born Public Works Department engineer Carlo Catani, who was widely admired for his visionary public works, including the Alexandra Gardens, Alexandra Avenue, and Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo. Catani’s palms have become a major emblem of St Kilda and new stands continue to be planted.
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