It’s often remarked that pets look like their owners and the same can be equally true about gardens and their owners. This Toorak garden oozes the easygoing charm of it’s owners.It is a garden of seasonality that offers up new delights with each passing month.
The garden is broken into a series of spaces that merge gently into one another. From the vine covered outdoor dining space, to the garden retreat, to a swimming area.
A repetitive plant palette of Japanese Maples, Royal Purple Liriope and Sacred Bamboo thread these rooms together and give strength to this simple design. Seasonal bulbs such as Belladonna Lilies, Jonquils and Christmas Lilies emerge through this steady planting to give seasonal interest.
The stone paving is comprised of Antiqued granite planks from rhodes-stone.com. The granite is reclaimed from old Chinese laneways that are making way for modern re-developments. Sadly for the Chinese and happily for us, aged and furrowed granite is not highly valued in China. As villages make way for metropolises and perfectly calibrated footpaths, this stone is sawn to purpose and shipped around the world. It’s beautiful patina tells the story of centuries of wear and use. In this garden, random length planks fork in and out of the garden beds to create informality to the rectilinear spaces.
For anyone interested in seeing this space in the flesh, it will be open as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria garden open day in a couple of weeks. It is a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause while having a sticky beak at seven of Melbourne’s finest private gardens.
Thursday the 16th of October 2014 from 10am–4pm.
Tickets $35 Advance ticket purchases are encouraged or they’re available from the garden at 14 Maple Grove, Toorak.