120 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne

Saturday 27 March, 2021 to
Sunday 28 March, 2021

10.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Entry $10, Students $6, Under 18 Free
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Bishopscourt has a very special place in Melbourne’s garden history.

Founded in 1848, Bishopscourt is one of the oldest properties in East Melbourne and is the official residence of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne. It is the last intact urban estate within the City of Melbourne.

The garden was designed in the Gardenesque style and features extensive plantings, sweeping lawns and fruit and vegetables all interwoven with a series of serpentine paths. Resident bishops and archbishops and their families have all enjoyed the garden and made their own contributions to it over the decades.

Over the past 20 years, a dedicated group of volunteers have established regular working bees and made massive efforts to restore and breathe new life into this beautiful garden. Original paths have been uncovered, garden beds rejuvenated and replanted and significant trees preserved. The garden continues to be maintained by volunteers today.

The house and garden are both included on the Victorian Heritage Register and 18 trees are included on the citation. Nine of the major trees are also on the City of Melbourne’s register of exceptional trees. These include two English Elms (Ulmus procera), the Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa), the Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), two Monterey Cypresses (Cupressus macrocarpa), the River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), and two Dutch Elms (Ulmus x hollandica), some of which were planted in the late 1800s.

Please note, extra activities will be taking place at the garden opening as follows:

  • Devonshire tea on both days

  • John Hawker (formerly of Heritage Victoria) will take tours on Saturday at 2.00pm and Sunday at 11.00am

  • A selection of plants from Lambley Nursery will be available on both days (

  • Books on Bishopscourt will be available for sale

Please note: Sustainable practices are important to OGV, therefore where possible please either print your own garden notes or save them for viewing on your mobile device.

Garden Notes

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