Kinkora 2023

Saturday 7 October, 2023 to
Sunday 8 October, 2023

Strictly only opening on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October. Please respect the garden owners' privacy and visit only during opening hours.

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry: $10 Adults/$6 Students (with ID card) /Under 18 free

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

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Kinkora is a strikingly planted garden designed by Andrew Laidlaw, Landscape Architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) and President of Global Gardens of Peace.

Amongst an extensive range of projects at the RBGV, Andrew completed the design and installation of The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden in 2004 which won a number of awards including best new tourist attraction for Victoria and landscape of the year in 2005. 

The garden at Kinkora comprises four distinct outdoor spaces. The front garden was designed to create a framework for the house, but where the drive, fence and planting all merged into a single sculptural form. The main aim was to present a ‘non- conventional Hawthorn garden’ which focused on soft landscaping elements and low water use plants. The two advanced Brachychiton rupestris with oval mounded lawns enliven the front yard and pay homage to the simple symmetry of the house.

The small children’s garden provides a safe well-hidden space for the kids to really engage in imaginative play. Bamboo, grasses, Crepe Myrtles and a range of other plants all combine to provide a small wild garden that provides protection from the outside world but gives a secret/‘messed-up’ feel within.

The rear garden sits comfortably with the more contemporary architecture of the rear of the house and provides a simple family garden with pool, lawns and outside sitting and eating areas. The three large Aloe bainesii (Tree Aloe) underplanted with Carex testacea and Sea Squill (Urginea maritima) are used as a strong focal point from the living room windows. A small herb and citrus area blends in with the rest of the garden planting while Euphorbia lambii, Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ and Carpenteria californica provide a strong evergreen shrub mass to the rear.

The final garden sits along the west side of the house and was designed as a foliage garden to be enjoyed from within the house five large Alcantarea rubra (bromeliad) which are supported by Mahonia japonica, Asparagus meyersii, Acer ‘Osakazuki’ and a range of other shade loving plants.

Join Andrew Laidlaw in the Kinkora garden at 1pm both days when he will speak to the garden’s design and the work of Global Gardens of Peace. Some of the proceeds from this opening will be donated to Global Gardens of Peace.

Kinkora is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri people. Open Gardens Victoria wish to acknowledge the Traditional custodians of this land and we pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Other activities in the area:

  • Very close to bustling and vibrant Glenferrie Road shopping precinct with its trendy cafes, restaurants and shops

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