Garden Design Fest 2014

This year E-GA has two gardens open as part of the Garden Design Fest.  Eighteen professionally designed will be open across Melbourne on the 14th and 15th November.

Mornington Peninsula Garden – Musk Cottage

Musk Cottage has been a pet project of Rick Eckersley and the EGA design Team for the past 6 years. The ten-acre property was purchased in 2008 with the intent of creating a different approach to garden making in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

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Our thoughts were to create something that was uniquely Australian where the design was focused on which plants marry with which, what foliage sets off that flower and what makes you feel good in a particular spot.  At Musk Cottage we’ve created a garden that is perfectly comfortable with furrowed black trunked Iron Bark Gums lining up in a geometric grid over wave pruned Tuscany Privet; a garden that picks up the lime green bracts of the Linden Tree with a bold sweep of lime-green Lomandra underneath.

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As with any experimental garden, there have been successes and failures. And every true gardener is never fully satisfied with the entire garden.  Thankfully the successes have far out-weighed the failures and Musk Cottage stands as a testament to low maintenance, sustainable gardening.

Euroa Garden – Fowles Farm (Open Sunday 15th ONLY)

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There are many spectacular aspects to this property. The oldest and largest recorded Wisteria in Victoria drapes across the façade of the Homestead. Three of the largest known Irish Strawberry Trees (Arbutus unedo) arch across the eastern terraces with a stately grandeur. There is even an exposed part of the original wattle & daub building carefully preserved behind some glass in the homestead interior.

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But beyond the impressive features of the property is something more important but less tangible. Killeen Homestead has an easiness about it that belies it scale and history. Whether the views are distant or close, the plantings Australian or Exotic, everything knits together with a relaxed, understated feel. By combining the new with old, the garden has a sense of place and belonging that honours tradition but also sets a new path.