After decades of designing to clients’ tastes, Rick Eckersley and his business partner Myles Broad have embraced the glorious luxury of impromptu experimentation and light-hearted fun at their 10-hectare work-in-progress on the Mornington Peninsula.
Banish the idea that winter gardens are dull. This July, OGV had the pleasure of opening a beautifully crafted, light and inviting inner city garden designed by landscape architect Andrew Laidlaw.
In front of a crackling outdoor fire, Andrew shared his tips for designing a garden that shines in winter – explaining to visitors some of the key plants he has used to make this compact Toorak garden feel so inviting.
Here, clever planting design has made the garden a true extension of indoor spaces, maximising winter light and drawing you through the spaces to enjoy some beautiful flowering plants.
In 2017, OGV awarded the inaugural Open Gardens Victoria Travel Bursary of $10,000, shared amongst three students studying horticulture at the University of Melbourne. The bursary funds national or international travel to develop skills and knowledge in garden design and other related fields.
Daniel Brown was a successful applicant and recent graduate of the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture at Melbourne University’s Burnley campus. Here, Daniel shares snapshots and tales from his travels earlier this year while visiting more than 10 of the most iconic gardens in the UK including Great Dixter in East Sussex and Beth Chatto’s garden in Essex.
Ever wondered about the origins of some of our most-loved garden plants? OGV Garden Selector Helen Kennedy recently took a fascinating tour of China’s Yunnan Province – one of the most botanically diverse areas on earth and native home to plants such as roses, magnolias and rhododendrons. Helen kindly shares her experiences here…
Eight months ago Karen Sutherland of Edible Eden Design opened her incredible urban food garden ‘Gunyah’ with Open Gardens Victoria. If you missed it this year, Karen has just announced she will be opening her garden with OGV again on 4th and 5th March 2017.
Karen is passionate about teaching people how to create productive, edible gardens. Keep reading as we share her expert tips for a productive summer garden!
On the evening of 13 September, more than 80 garden enthusiasts came to Mueller Hall, eager to hear Steven Wells talk about his recent Churchill Fellowship tour of therapeutic gardens in hospitals overseas.