TREE HOUSE GARDENING Date: 16th and 17th November 2019 from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm at 234 Kooyong Road, Toorak. The cost will be $8, students $5 and under 18 free.
This is an apartment house designed by Kerstin Thompson. The house was built around 2012, and the land was developed by Fiona Brockhoff Design soon after this. Most of the actual planting happened in 2013.
There is no front street garden and this causes the front to fend well into the street. The shade in the front area is provided by ornamental trees and a hedge. More information here
GIBSON GARDEN Date: 16th and 17th November 2019 from 10.00 am at 10 Burnie St, Toorak.
This is a charming garden which was designed by a garden designer William Gibson for his aunt in 2012. William started with a blank board and made up the ideas. The aim was to make a small cottage garden covered with shiny greens, hazy colours and something interesting for each season of the year. More information here
BALCONY GARDENS WORKSHOP Date: Saturday 23rd November 2019 at 35 Little Wellington Street, Collingwood.
For this one there will be two sessions:
Morning 10.00 – 11.30 am Afternoon 2.00 – 3.30 pm The cost is $45 per ticket and this includes morning or afternoon tea and some workshop notes. Landscape designer Stephen Read will be giving a workshop and teaching you how to grow healthy plants in small areas and how to stop the problems of container gardening. More information here
Date: 23rd and 24th November at 45 Napier Street, Fitzroy from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. The cost here is $8, students $5, and under 18 free.
This is a terrace house garden of Wonderwings Fairy Shop creator Anne Atkins. The garden at this property is delightful and well worth a visit. It actually reaches through the house. More information here
PHILLIP JOHNSON'S BILLABONG FALLS
Date: 23rd and 24th November from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm at 1 Holden Road, Olinda. The cost is $10, under 18 free.
Phillip Johnson's garden Billabong Falls was the idea from a show and it made the Best in Show at Chelsea Flower Show 2013.
Phillip designs natural swimming pools and water features that are helped to be looked after by stormwater. They are generally landscaped where rock is used as a spectacular effect. More information here
Date: Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm at 33 Clowes Street, Malmsbury. The cost will be $8, students $5, and under 18 free.
Melrose was built around the 1860s and is a cottage surrounded by a garden oasis mixed with things like formal gardens, wildness, and ornamental and productive plants. They also use local recycled materials and products from overseas.
Date: 7th and 8th December from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm at 3 Church Street, Macedon. The cost will be $8, students $5 and under 18 free.
The garden at Caelum at Mt Macedon has been beautifully looked aftrer by the former owner Margaret Pisaro before being passed on to the current owners. The new owners have continued to treat this garden as it needs to be and they are enhancing it continually.
There is a sunken garden, vegetable garden, mature fruit trees and wanding paths that are lined with perennial beds and mature trees. Salvia beds will be in full bloom when the garden is open. More information here .
Date: 7th and 8th December from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm at 8-10 Centenary Avenue, Macedon. The cost will be $8, students $5 and under 18 free.
Stephen Ryan has made an extraordinary private garden at Macedon. His garden is filled with a collection of rare and unusual plants which is something that many of us would love to have! Included are types of the Plant Trust National Plant Collections Register, amongst which are Acanthus, Sambucus and Osmanthus.
It is a fairly unstructured garden and has wide ranges of plants which were possible because Stephen is a compulsive plant collector.
There are woodland plantings, round lawn filled with orchard and neighbouring vegetable garden. More information here