The Nook

5 Tavistock Road, Monbulk

Saturday 13 March, 2021 to
Sunday 14 March, 2021

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry $10, Students $6, Under 18 Free
*Tickets must be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking

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The Nook is a stunning cottage garden at Monbulk in the Dandenong Ranges, created over many years by owner Val Jackson and her late husband Don. Together they developed a romantic garden filled with colour and perfume and set against a backdrop of magnificent chestnut trees. It was featured on Gardening Australia in 2010.

A group planting of three silver birches at the entrance bears the hallmark of Edna Walling, and of Don, who was a contemporary and fellow horticulturalist. Further on, the garden divides into separate areas with plants suited to different growing conditions clustered together.

No matter the season, there are always plantings to delight. A collection of azaleas, camellias, pieris and other flowering shrubs are a joy in winter and spring. In autumn, salvias and other late perennials are a highlight – intermingled with roses, hydrangeas and sasanqua camellias. Succulents provide year-round interest.

The level of detail in the garden is astonishing. Meandering paths lead to a secret garden and a rock garden filled with treasures. Visitors should take time to explore the extraordinary range of alpine and other plants nestled in every little crevice in the rockery.

The garden is an ongoing labour of love for Val who spends time in the garden every day. It was always the motto of Val and her late husband to “share this piece of heaven with others”. She opens the garden in Don’s memory.

Proceeds from the garden opening will be donated to the Monbulk CFA.


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. 

Garden Notes

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