630 Riversdale Road, Camberwell
Saturday 5 October, 2019 to
Sunday 6 October, 2019
10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry $10 Students $5 Under 18 free
This is an unexpected gem hidden behind a screen of plants on busy Riversdale Road. The elegant and beautifully maintained two-acre garden surrounds an impressive Italianate Victorian mansion, providing a rare glimpse of life in gracious nineteenth-century Melbourne.
The ’villa garden’ was developed soon after the completion of the mansion and features an oval lawn formed by the carriage drive, a tennis court with original pavilion built in 1890, the elaborate timber picket fence and well-established tree and shrubs species of the era.
Over time, the garden underwent many changes which collectively diverted from the original design of the Victorian era garden. Since 1995 the present owners have rejuvenated the garden to its original glory. Garden renovations have created seven specific themes within the garden. The themes include: a fern garden, tropical garden, cherry walk, woodland garden, hot perennial border, grey border, and a winter border. The themed gardens help generate interest throughout the year from texture, form and colour.
A tree replacement program has been implemented, replacing former inappropriate trees with species of the Victorian era. Together with the significant historic trees and unusual species, richly planted borders of shrubs and perennials flank generous lawns.
It is a garden to spend time in. A series of garden rooms create seven specific themes within the garden: a fern garden, tropical garden, cherry walk, woodland garden, hot perennial border, grey border, and a winter border.
And throughout there are significant historic trees, unusual species, azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Rich borders of shrubs and perennials flank generous lawns.
- Opera performances – brackets of opera in the garden each day in this beautiful setting will be just sublime
- Free wine tastings of Scotchmans Hill wines and wine sales (https://www.scotchmans.com.au)
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Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Melba Opera Trust.
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