Sam Cox: Wattle Glen Garden

12 Lorimer Road, Wattle Glen Vic 3096

Saturday 25 November, 2023 to
Sunday 26 November, 2023

Strictly only opening on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. Please respect the garden owners' privacy and visit only during opening hours.

10.00am – 4.30pm

Photography by Claire Takacs

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

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Garden Notes

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The home garden of Landscape designer Sam Cox who practices in the Australian natural style of landscape design.

With a remnant bushland backdrop, this extensive garden in Wattle Glen exemplifies how traditional natives, Indigenous plants and considered design create a unified sense of place.

Balance and contrast are achieved in the ‘mass’ of themed plantings, mounds and basalt boulder outcrops that open up to ‘voids’ of pathways, ponds and low planted areas. Throughout the garden tree trunks of Eucalyptus sideroxylon (Ironbark) and Corymbia citriodora (Lemon-scented Gum) planted in close proximity provide striking visual contrast. Detailed understory planting softens the edges of paths, and heavy boundary planting of local species evokes a strong connection with remnant bushland beyond the garden.

The three distinct areas are:

  • Extensive native garden incorporating waterfall and pond systems
  • Large enclosed productive garden
  • Design of the garden influenced by Gordon Ford, a wonderful example of sense of place 

There will be a Q&A sessions at 11am and 2.30 pm on both days.

Some of the proceeds for this opening will be donated to the Wattle Glen CFA.

Please note: There are deep ponds and uneven surfaces in the garden. Please keep children supervised. Snakes are active this time of year so please keep to the paths.

Public toilets are at the Research shops or at Peppers Paddock in Wattle Glen. There is an outdoor toilet on the property that can be used if required.

Sam Cox Wattle Glen Garden 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.

Extra activities in the area:

  • Montsalvat Artist Colony Eltham 10am - 4pm
  • Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery for lunch
  • Edendale Community Farm in Eltham 10am – 4.30pm
  • St Andrews Market 9am - 2pm (Sat only)
  • Mason Falls in Kinglake National Park

Parking: On road, with additional parking approximately 300 metres beyond the garden. Disabled parking can be arranged at the gate.

Please be aware there are snakes in the garden

 Beware snakes

Garden Notes

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