Five of the Peninsula’s most stunning gardens will be open to the public next month as part of 5 Gardeners’ Gardens Around Mount Eliza.
Run by The Anglican Parish of Mt Eliza every two years since 2009, 5 Gardeners’ Gardens has been sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Magazine since its inception, and this year James Crowder Community Real Estate is also a proud sponsor.
Victoria is known as The Garden State, and the Peninsula has some wonderful treasures in this respect. The five on show around Mount Eliza have not been professionally designed but developed by passionate gardeners and include an organic revelation, a garden that has evolved over 25 years, and the stunning Morning Star Estate.
The featured gardens will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29. Tickets can be bought at any of the gardens for $30 (admission to all five) or $7 (entry to a single garden) and can be used all weekend. School-aged children are admitted free; no dogs allowed. When you buy your ticket you’ll also receive a handout detailing the development of the garden as well as the plantings.
This promises to be a wonderful way to spend a spring weekend, so get out there and explore the creations of some of our keenest gardeners – and pick up some inspiration for your own at the same time.
1269 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 D6)
Don’t expect neat lawns and clipped hedges in this organic garden. It is an abundant garden tucked away on a standard house block and is a tribute to its dedicated owner, a gardener of only eight years’ experience. It has a sustainable vegetable garden and an orchard where fruit trees are espaliered to minimise the use of space. There is also a courtyard complete with a pond and bridge as well as hundreds of roses, perennials and bulbs to arouse the senses and calm the soul.
Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd, Mount Eliza (Melway: 105 B8)
With sweeping views, more than 800 varieties of roses and about 11ha of vineyards, this estate is a feast for the eyes. It boasts a number of formal and informal gardens, olive trees, an orchard as well as a vegetable garden used by the restaurant and a picking garden for restaurant flowers.
5 Amesbury Road, Mount Eliza (Melway: 101 K11)
This is a rambling garden that has evolved over 25 years. It has different areas depending on the microclimate, including a dry garden, orchard, vegie garden, chickens and bees. As much as possible is recycled, reused, cooked, preserved or given away. In the words of the owners: “Our retreat.”
Willowie, 10 Watts Pde, Mount Eliza (Melway: 101 E10)
Willowie is another wonderful garden. Established on a battle axe block, it really is a hidden gem. On traversing the long driveway, you’ll find the garden formally arranged around the pool. It features many roses, camellias, and hydrangeas among a delightful range plants. The garden also offers glimpses of the bay.
65 Boes Rd, Tyabb (Melway: 148 C12)
Lyn and Doug McDonald’s garden offers a leisurely stroll around the park-like woodland and lake. Quirky sculptures emerge along the walk with interesting succulent and native plantings as well as a large variety of trees surrounding the house. The dam is home to many ducks and water birds. Blue wrens, spotted pardalotes, eastern rosellas and willie wagtails are among the frequent visitors to the garden.
For further information, phone 9775 3301 or visit mteliza.melbourneanglican.org.au