13 Conos Court, Donvale
Saturday 4 September, 2021 to
Sunday 5 September, 2021
10.00am - 4.30pm
$10 Adults/$6 Students
Under 18 free
Please note (due to Covid-19 protocols):
Tickets must be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking. You are free to enjoy the garden at your leisure. Specific timeslots are no longer required.
Entry via payment at the gate will be accepted, but prior ticketed bookings will have precedence over pay-at-the-gate, and access will depend on available space in the garden.
Booking link - via Trybooking
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.
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This large garden was once a bare block of pasture grass. The owners, passionate Australian plant people, wanted a habitat garden for native birds and animals, and 30 years ago called in their first landscape designer, Douglas Blyth, who planted groups of Euc. melliodora (yellow box) near the house, with their high canopy allowing for views down the slope. Now the whole block is totally planted with natives, especially Acacias, favourites of Bill, and the borrowed landscape around Mullum Mullum Creek makes the garden feel even larger than 1 acre, and seamless. A very naturalistic lake (Blyth design) is at the bottom of the property, accessed by a curved walkway with handrail. It is filled with cumbungi (bullrushes) & other native water plants and is home to frogs, nesting ducks etc. In 2017 Phillip Johnson was called in to convert a swimming pool set below the house and in front of the lake, into a billabong; this is now a peaceful, established oasis. Water (all downpipes feed the system) flows from “under” the house in a little creek, and beneath wooden boardwalks to finally cascade over a rocky ledge into the billabong. Granite boulders are placed naturalistically in and around the water, resting on Dromana toppings as if they have always been there. There are several areas for sitting - and listening to the call of frogs and the movement of water. Much of the planting is of species indigenous to the area and several large wattles make a great display as you look back up the hill to the house.
Walking down to the end of the property could be hazardous – there is lots of fallen bark and some branches (everything is left to form habitat for creatures) and the paths are very informal, narrow and uneven. (Visitors will need to understand why some parts could be called “messy"!).
The front garden, from the street, is steep, terraced at the end with a retaining wall, and planted with many indigenous plants (dodoneas, acacias etc etc). There is also a propagating area at the side of the house.
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