Cape Otway Farm

Saturday 18 March, 2023 to
Sunday 19 March, 2023

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry: $10 Adults/$6 Students /Under 18 free

  • Tickets can be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking. You can also pay on the day. 
  • 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.

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Over the past sixteen years, the property has evolved from a neglected cow paddock with a lone, majestic River Red Gum, to a modern take on the traditional rural garden.

Architect and owner Daryl Pelchen designed and built a contemporary rural home for his family. Together with Daryl's partner Olivia (with guidance from Landscape Architect Stephen Read), they have created a productive space, including a large vegetable garden and orchard with free-ranging chickens and ducks.

This part of Victoria can be windy, so the first planting consisted of 20,000 trees to break the wind and create a microclimate for the home and garden. The 'Glade' is a recent addition to the garden. As this mini forest of Lemon Scented Gums matures, it will provide much-needed shade, with the shrubby understory providing a sense of seclusion for the home.

To complement the architecture and to take account of the windy and dry climate,  planting consists of swathes of ornamental grasses and hardy shrubs, with a few of the owner's favourite plants poked into sheltered nooks of the garden. 

Garden designer - Stephen Read - will give a tour of the garden at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm each day. There will be plants for sale, the Country Women's Authority will be selling tea, coffee and cakes, there's a sausage sizzle and it's a 25-minute drive to the gorgeous Anglesea beach. 

Media coverage on this garden: The Geelong Times and The Geelong Advertiser.

Cape Otway Farm is located on the lands of the Wadawurrung people. Open Gardens Victoria wish to acknowledge the Traditional custodians and we pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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