Open Gardens Victoria: Musk Cottage – Spring season launch





371 Musk Creek Road, Flinders

Saturday 1 September, 2018

Sunday 2 September, 2018

10.00am – 4.30pm

Tours by Scott Leung and Myles Broad, Eckersley Garden Architecture 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm both days

Entry price $10  (Under 18 free)  Students $5

Open Gardens Victoria is delighted to be launching its spring 2018 open gardens season at Rick Eckersley’s inspirational Musk Cottage in Flinders.

Proceeds of this event support Global Gardens of Peace, an Australian Charity dedicated to planning, designing and delivering gardens to support vulnerable communities around the world.

Musk Cottage has been a pet project of Rick Eckersley and the Eckersley Garden Architecture design team for the past 10 years.

Sadly, this will be one of the last times Rick opens the garden to the public as the property is to be sold – so please relish this opportunity to experience Musk Cottage.

The 10-acre property was purchased in 2008 with the intention of creating a different approach to garden making in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

The plan was to ignore the latest fashion trends and to create something uniquely Australian: strong, tough and sustainable.

The palette of plants is not restricted to native or indigenous. Rather, they have been selected for whether they will grow well in the particular conditions of the Musk Cottage grounds. Plants from around the world have been knitted together to create a rich textural landscape of imaginative combinations.

Visitors will find a geometric grid of rugged black-trunked ironbarks underplanted by wave-pruned Tuscany Privet. Lime green bracts of a Linden tree are reflected by a bold sweep of lime-green lomandra. A boardwalk winds around a wetlands area.

Colours in bark and leaves as well as flowers meld the garden together. Greys, olive greens, browns and brindles make up the base colours and give the garden its unmistakably Australian flavour.

Things to enjoy at the garden opening are plant sales, local produce, wine sales, sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea and a coffee cart. Please note that the garden is only partly accessible only wheelchairs.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Photos by Alison Hoelzer Photography