Take a stroll through stunning gardens


Two Mornington Peninsula gardens will be featured as part of Garden DesignFest 2018 next month. Flinders’ Musk Cottage garden, designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture, and a garden at Red Hill South designed by Kate Seddon will be open from 10am-5pm over the weekend of November 17-18, with their designers represented on site.

Musk Cottage has been a pet project of Rick Eckersley and his design team for several years. Originally, it was laid out as a trimmed English garden with manicured lawns and a wisteria-draped lattice, but Eckersley Garden Architecture’s thoughts were to create something that was uniquely Australian in flavour. This non-irrigated garden relies on the mulch at its base and the toughness of its plants, and it now stands as a testament to low-maintenance, sustainable gardening. 

Decorative, remnant walls at the Red Hill property gave rise to a walled garden, creating a whimsical and welcoming entry.  A broad deck, fire pit and strategically placed rock platforms create seating areas, while beyond the walled garden, refurbished buildings and meandering paths invite you to wander and explore.  Character and whimsy abound in this garden with found objects and repurposed materials.

Billed as Australia’s best display of professionally designed gardens, Garden DesignFest is a fundraising event managed by the Rotary Clubs of Kew, Brighton North and Central Melbourne. The main charity to benefit from this year’s event will be End Trachoma by 2020.

For more information about Garden DesignFest 2018, go to gardendesignfest.com.au

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