Munro Court, Castlemaine
Sunday 11 September, 2016
10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry price $10 (children U18 free)
In this far-sighted Castlemaine development a community of eight sustainably-designed houses in water-wise gardens sits around a small court.
The gardens link the houses together. There are no fences. Instead privacy is provided through courtyards and wellplaced windows, walls and tall shrubs. Sam Cox designed and landscaped the gardens using large granite rocks, mulched planting mounds and water-permeable gravel paths. In a sense Munro Court comprises one continuous single garden, featuring hardy Australian plants native to the Goldfields of Central Victoria.
A vegetable garden, orchard, compost heap and hen house are reached across a tree-lined creek. These are communally maintained and the produce shared.
The project commenced in 2002 with building completed by 2009. The court now houses 18 residents ranging in age from three to 93 years.
Visitors will be able to explore all of the gardens and walk right around most of the houses, with the owners onsite to discuss the sustainability features of the designs.
PLANT SALES: Frances Cincotta of Newstead Natives will have local plants for sale from 11 am both days
TALK: Sam Cox of Sam Cox Landscapes - 2pm Saturday 10th September - Landscape aspects and collaboration with house designers
TALK: Living in Munro Court - 2 pm Sunday 11th September - Brief outline and history of the project since inception in 2000, then Q and A session with some of the residents.
Garden notes are written by the garden owners to describe their garden. Download and print to bring when you visit the garden.