Garden DesignFest is back! Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID, this year’s event in November 2022 will feature up to 40 professionally designed private gardens open for visitors to enjoy.
Garden DesignFest will be held over two weekends – 12 and 13 November (Metropolitan Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula) and 19 and 20 November (Ballarat, Euroa and Macedon Ranges). The gardens will be open from 10am to 5pm.
Always popular with visitors is the unique chance to talk to some of Victoria’s leading landscape design professionals who generously give their time to be present at gardens. Bus tours, a great way to see several selected gardens, will also be available.
For more than 45 years, Robert Boyle and his team have been invited to create gardens for people of every walk of life and from every part of the Australian community.
Robert has been involved in the nine-acre garden at “The Falls” in Longwood, not far from Euroa, (pictured) which will be open during Garden DesignFest.
“The Falls” is a working farm and country homestead set at the foot of a spectacular granite ridgeline that forms part of the Strathbogie Ranges. The homestead, built before the depression in the 1920s, sits nestled in an eclectic old garden that overlooks a natural waterfall with views out to the ‘Boyd-esque’ landscape beyond.
Several generations of pastoralists have added their touch to the property over the years, contributing to the old world feel of the property. Much of what is seen in the older garden was planted and established by Andrew and Elly Cameron who purchased the property in 1967.
Their touch can be seen in the spectacular mature trees in the house garden including a stately gingko, Chinese elm, macadamia, avocado groves, vineyards (the first to be established in the Strathbogie Ranges) cork oaks, birches and many large native trees including various eucalypts and a stunning Banksia serrata.
The current owners, Joan and Ian Ball, have added significantly to the property by extending the garden out into the surrounding paddocks. These areas now include an enhanced vegetable and flower garden, local stone walls and terracing, fountains and elevated pools, an enclosed espalier orchard and, most recently, an ornamental lake and collection of Oak trees to complement a stunning line of 80-year-old Cork Oaks.
Robert and his team suggested altering the awkward approach to the property and driveway alignment and the digging of the ornamental lake in the prize-winning stud bull’s paddock. Much of their involvement in the development of the garden was through on-site workshops with local tradespeople, marking out of garden beds, supervision of earthworks, providing guidance on soil preparation, positioning trees and setting out plants.
Garden DesignFest is a biennial event organised by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne. It has raised over $600,000 for charity since 2004. The main charity for this year’s event will be Youth Suicide Awareness.
Find out more at: gardendesignfest.com.au.
The Rotary clubs look forward to welcoming you at one (or more!) of the wonderful gardens open during Garden DesignFest.