The Barwitian Garden 2022

35 Fern Street Barwite 3722

Saturday 23 April, 2022 to
Sunday 24 April, 2022

10.00am - 4.30pm


$10 Adults/$6 Students/Under 18 free

Please note (due to COVID-19 protocols):

  • Tickets can be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking. Entry via payment at the gate will be accepted.
  • Visitors over the age of 16 must be vaccinated unless they have a medical exemption. Click here for more information.
  • 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.

Booking link - via TryBooking

Garden Notes 

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The Barwitian Garden highlights the seasonal beauty of naturalistic plantings. It is designed primarily using the principles of Piet Oudolf, drawing on and complementing the Australian countryside that surrounds it. Owner Ralph Bristow, a garden designer and artist, and his partner Nikky, a photographer, have used their artistic talents to combine colours and textures.

A wonderful selection of perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs have been combined purposefully to challenge our perceptions of a garden. While the garden is only in its third season, with some new plantings only six months old, there’s already a depth to the garden. The beauty of the seasons is evident within the deep borders that surround the strawbale home, which sits on the Broken River and is positioned to fully appreciate the seasonal waterfall. The river itself is a significant archaeological site for the First Nations people of the area, the Taungurung people.

The slow Autumn decay process, and the way the garden gives itself in this way, is absolutely beautiful and challenges the notion that a garden is “at its best” or “peaking” when in full flower. It highlights that just being present and enjoying every available moment in the garden, no matter the season/change, is something to be savoured.

The Barwitian Garden has been created due to the incredible relationship, the alchemy and collaboration between the owners, the cycles with the plants, weather, soil, bio flora, insects , birds and the seasons. Hopefully people can learn from and be inspired by new and different ideas.

10% of the proceeds from this garden opening go to the Bob Brown foundation.

Find out more from about Ralph Bristow here:

Nearby toilets are in Mansfield.

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*public toilets located in Mansfield

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