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Feast Your Eyes On Victoria's Greatest Gardens

Gardens

Victoria’s recent apocalyptic weather has given us rain, hail and shine in the space of only a few days, but the clouds are finally clearing for Garden Design Fest! Over the next two weekends a spectacular lineup of regional, coastal and metropolitan gardens will be opened for the public to peruse from 10am-5pm.

Here are some of our must-sees!

10th November, 2018

The Dromana Coastal Garden of landscape designer Nathan Burkett. Photo – Courtesy Nathan Burkett.

The Dromana Coastal Garden of landscape designer Nathan Burkett. Photo – Courtesy Nathan Burkett.

The Dromana Coastal Garden of landscape designer Nathan Burkett. Photo – Courtesy Nathan Burkett.

The Dromana Coastal Garden of landscape designer Nathan Burkett. Photo – Courtesy Nathan Burkett.

Sally Tabart
Saturday 10th November 2018

Dromana Coastal Garden

This stunning sculptural garden designed by landscape architect Nathan Burkett is positioned on the edge of the cliff, enjoying spectacular vistas across Port Phillip Bay. A timber boardwalk snakes through the diverse coastal plant life in a botanical patchwork of vibrant green and cool silver, leading down to a viewing platform for visitors to enjoy the sweeping views across the bay. A must see!

More information here

Open November 17th-18th
6 Foord Lane
Dromana, Victoria

Photo – courtesy of Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Photo – courtesy of Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Photo – courtesy of Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Musk Cottage

Set across ten acres in Mornington Peninsula town of Flinders, Musk Cottage is the passion project of Rick Eckersley and his Eckersley Garden Architecture team. Since purchasing the property in 2008, Rick and his team have transformed the grounds from its original form as a trimmed ‘twee’ English Garden, to what they now call a ‘multicultural melting pot’ of plant life, creating a space that is vast, poetic and uniquely Australian.

More information here

Open November 17th-18th
371 Musk Creek Road
Flinders, Victoria

Photo – courtesy of Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Scott Leung’s Canterbury Garden

This tranquil family garden in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs was completed just over two years ago by Eckersley Garden Architecture, tucked away from the main road and providing a pocket of respite for the owners. Working alongside William Boags Architects, the team have expertly integrated a new extension at the rear of the property with its lush garden surrounds, creating a harmonious relationship between indoor and outdoor living. You’ll find some serious urban / suburban greenery inspiration here!

More information here

Open November 17th-18th
161 Mont Albert Road
Canterbury, Victoria

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Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Heronswood Garden

If you happen to be heading out Dromana way to check out Nathan Burkett’s aforementioned coastal garden, make a day out of it and spend a lazy afternoon exploring the fruitful grounds of Heronswood. Whilst not officially part of the Garden Design Fest lineup, Heronswood is a must see for any garden enthusiast.

Clive and Penny Blazey purchased Heronswood in 1983, raising their family there, while using the garden as a testing ground for new plant species and different heirloom varieties for the Diggers Club, the mail-order plant and seed service the pair launched in 1978. Nowadays this heritage listed two-hectare property is a living catalogue of the rare plants and heirloom seeds they have helped preserve over the last 40 years.

Read more about Heronswood in our earlier story here

Heronswood Garden 
105 Latrobe Parade
Dromana, Victoria

Garden Design Fest is taking place this weekend (Nov 10th – 11th) and next week (Nov 17th and 18th) in locations across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. All gardens will be open from 10am-5pm. 

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