5 spectacular Victorian gardens to enjoy
Gardening is a pleasurable activity for many Victorians. Indulging in the horticultural show circuits and open gardens is a great way to indulge your green thumb tendencies, while appreciating the labour of love of other keen horticulturalists!
The pursuit of landscape and garden appreciation across the globe is a growing hobby. Many people plan their holidays around exhibitions and garden showcases. The great news for Victorians is, you don’t need to travel far to wander through botanical delights.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show takes place in March every year. Set against the stunning canvas that is the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, it attracts over 100,000 visitors every year. It is the largest annual flower and garden exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere (source: VisitMelbourne.com).
Open Gardens Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation continuing the long tradition of opening private gardens throughout Victoria. Visit their website to explore private gardens throughout Victoria that generously open their gates to the public on occasion.
Consider adding the following Victorian gardens to your list of day trips throughout the year.
Heronswood on the Mornington Peninsula
The National Trust of Australia classified Heronswood estate is the home of the Diggers Club – a club dedicated to preserving plants and garden traditions suited to their environment, to add quality and integrity to Australian gardens.
The gardens themselves are a role model of heirloom vegetable, fruit trees and flowering annuals and perennials best suited to Victorian conditions. As a result of the diversity of landscaping, the gardens change significantly throughout the year.
The estate was once the holiday destination for Melbourne University’s first Professor of Law, William Hearn. It has since been in the hands of many owners before it was generously gifted to The Diggers Club, and the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust by Clive and Penny Blazey.
Enjoy a day of exploring the gardens, shopping at Diggers Garden Shop, exploring Heronswood House (built in 1866) and dining in Heronswood restaurant.
Visit - https://www.diggers.com.au/our-gardens/heronswood/ - to find out more including opening hours and tour details.
Rippon Lea Estate in the bay side locale of Elsternwick
Rippon Lea House and Gardens is under the care of the National Trust of Australia. The house was built just two years later than Heronswood, in 1868 by wealthy businessman, politician and philanthropist, Sir Frederick Sargood and designed by celebrated architect Joseph Reed.
The house sits proudly amongst almost six hectares of gardens, including ornamental gardens, extensive shrubberies, a lake and flower gardens. If kitchen gardens are of interest, Rippon Lea offers a fine utilitarian and spectacular example.
Visit - http://www.ripponleaestate.com.au/ - to find out more, including opening hours and tour details.
Victorian State Rose Garden in Werribee
Bordering the Mansion at Werribee Park, the Victoria State Rose Garden boasts over 5,000 roses that decorate around 5 hectares of beautifully manicured grounds. More recently established than Heronswood and Rippon Lea, the concept of a State Rose Garden came about when Victoria was declared ‘the Garden State’ in 1976. It came to life in 1986.
Visit http://vicstaterosegarden.com.au/ to find out more, including opening hours and tour details.
Mawallok near Beaufort in Western Victoria
Meticulously planned out in 1909 by William Guilfoyle – who earlier had designed the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, the spectacular garden at Heritage Listed Mallawok near Beaufort in western Victoria is a grand design.
Housing an early 20th Century Arts and Crafts style homestead designed by Rodney Alsop, the 2.5 hectares of 18th Century English inspired gardens includes shrub beds, a lake, a six-hole golf course, sweeping lawns and views to the Pyrenees and Mount Cole.
Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne
Cranbourne Gardens are an exemplary and stunning example of biodiversity at its very best. From bushland picnic areas to the incredibly landscaped Australian Garden that captures the essence of Australia’s diverse landscapes, a day is easily spent here.
Visit http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne to find out more, including opening hours and tour details.
Is the love of your life getting in the way of enjoying the rest of your life?
If the size of your garden is detracting from the enjoyment, perhaps it’s time to consider moving to a manageable plot and bring back your joy of gardening.
Our Retirement Communities Australia (RCA) village sales team find a common reason for seniors looking into retirement villages, is that their house and garden has simply become too big a chore in their later years. They love a garden, but want to enjoy other priorities including holidays, sports and hobbies.
If this resonates with you, visit our latest retirement village, Wyndham Grange Village in Tarneit.
Visit www.wyndhamgrange.com.au for more information.
If Tarneit isn’t within close proximity of family and friends consider:
Martha Cove Village in Safety Beach – visit www.marthacovevillage.com.au
Beleura Village in Mornington – visit www.beleuravillage.com.au
Point Cook Village in Point Cook - visit http://www.pointcookvillage.com.au/