here are some additional notes from the garden owners
Important information: Please respect the gardens you are visiting. You may only enter gardens that are listed as 'Open Garden'. Gardens that are listed as 'Garden Viewable from the Street' or 'Community Garden' should not be entered. Please do not take or damage any garden material and please follow any requests made by the garden owner.
79 Collett St:
This garden is designed to resemble a clearing in a jungle. The need to stop the cats from escaping along with my love of tropical gardens lead me to plant lots of bamboo along the perimeters. From there it was natural to go for a more tropical look. The garden is only 2 years old so there are still gaps that need to be filled (especially those created by the cats sitting on young plants!)
98 Bayswater Rd:
Once upon a time, this was nearly all under concrete - a four car driveway, an old bungalow, a huge shed. Every year we would dig up a little more concrete and reclaim a little more earth. Our tiny kids would help us plant tiny trees in the reclaimed soil. Now those kids are almost grown up and the garden is home to at least 7 different fruit trees and an ancient old Maple. It is a place to gather with family and with community. Come and enjoy a cuppa in the shade with us.
35 Epsom Rd:
Our garden has been designed to give us all year round pleasure and therefor everything in the garden is also allowed to do its own thing. There are a number of stages to this garden and most of the year it gives out wonderful fragrances, colour and structure. Of course the garden display is all driven by the seasons.
256 Bellair St:
I am creative but practical. Mostly I have been working overseas. Now I am retired and able to indulge in who I am. I love to grow edibles but in an artistic way. My path has been guided by a practical migrant background but moulded by an artistic instinct. Do it yourself if you can and do it.
33 Eastwood St:
This garden is very much still in it's infancy and a work in progress.Since starting from a mud pit two years ago various plants have been moved, put in, pulled out etc! as I've continued to learn more about the site. It's been a big learning curve and I'm still working things out.
9 Southey St:
Quaint and tiny inner-city garden filled with huge Agaves, crowds of Succulents, baskets, pots and Bric-a-Brac
10 Mulgrave St:
I'm artist. As a artist I love to share my art experience with creative idea and the recyling material being used from my artworks around my house. I love to show people the color of the house and special feeling for the property for the natural and beautiful art around.
18 Bradfield Lane:
This is my tiny sanctuary where I can sit and watch the birds and just enjoy the peace and quiet. In the mornings I love to have my coffee in the sunshine, and at night it becomes a place to share a glass of wine, cheeseboard or a barbie with a friend.
Its a tiny space that packs a big punch and it just goes to show that no matter how big or small your space is, you can still create your own little oasis in the city.
12 Eastwood St:
Different shapes, colours textures merging into each other. Also I’m conscious of complementing the Art Deco feel of the house in the planting and the colours of the latter. There’s also a touch of Tuscany on the north with the golden slate patio shaded under grape vines and the large old olive tree in the back yard. No lawns or paths but tons of clay soil screaming for constant compost.
7 Robertson St:
Our garden is designed to be shared with the community. With more of a boundary than a fence, the front garden invites passers by to look in and we have lovely experiences of meeting people as we often sit out the front. My initial thought with the garden was to plant natives on the street side, mainly sourced from a nursery in sandy point (a favorite place for us) but it is very relaxed and changes with what survives in our clay soil! Being time poor, the garden largely makes its own way with only a little human intervention.
35A Wolseley Parade:
Myself and my partner moved here 15 years ago and have been renting here ever since. When we first moved in the front and back yards were overgrown grass hiding a litany of bricks, rocks and broken glass. Over the years we have slowly brought our passion for gardening to the gardens, morphing organically over the years from one style of garden to another, but always holding true to an "organic only” policy. In the front yard you will find 9 different fruit trees and an eclectic mix of edible and flowering seasonal plants . Our garden has amorphically transformed into a small garden of magic and wonder for our children and many of the neighbourhood kids and passers by both young and old. We love our garden and hope you do to. Come and take a break on our street swing and say hi to our “deer” friend who will be waiting to greet you !
50 Ormond St
My back garden has evolved as a response to the hot northern aspect, so most of the plants consist of cactus, succulants, herbs and heat resistant exotics. I have planned the garden with colours of mainly green with a touch of red to match the red brick wall! It's a very Mediteranean Garden that inspired me from a trip to Italy. There will be some pots and plants for sale.
70 Bayswater Road:
This garden is inspired in every way by our lovely neighbour Silvana, who warmly welcomed us to Bayswater Rd nearly 20 years ago, and told us all we needed to know: that our apricot tree had been there for decades and everyone shared the fruit, that at least five households fed the fat sheep who lived in our backyard, that the soil was rich from ancient stables. I’d been growing flowers and fruit and vegetables all my life, but Silvana brought a new rigour to the process. Every August we would collect and lay manure and straw in our two gardens. Then we would begin the annual Summer Vegetable Conversation. What would we grow this year? We would talk about this for hours, every year. And every year the answer would be the same. For Silvana: tomatoes, basil, eggplant, zucchini, borlotti beans. For me: the same, minus the borlottis and plus a few greens. Then we would plant and talk, water and talk, harvest and talk - and then plan it all again. Silvana, who climbed her beloved Italian Alps as a young woman and walked for hours each day until well into her eighties, missed only one summer of gardening – the year she died at the age of 91. I think of her every day in this garden – her family kindly carried over her mandarin tree to us after the funeral; one of her last requests. A little orange tree is flourishing from a cutting Silvana gave us from her famous original. And every spring I have the Conversation in my head. Well Silvana, what will I plant this year – tomatoes? Basil? How about eggplant? With some luck and lots of Silvana-inspired walking, I’d like to be having the Conversation till I’m 91.
Please note there is a beehive in this garden.
The Venny, JJ Holland Park:
The Venny Adventure Playground is a place where young children who don't have a back yard can go and play - over the years we have slowly installed a permaculture organic garden to add diversity, provide nutrient rich organic food to reduce reliance on industrialised monoculture farming (which is a big contributor to increased carbon emissions and chemical pollution) combat climate destruction and carbon emissions.
Recently The Venny Inc. has been facing funding challenges and an increase in demand for care for those at risk and vulnerable.
So far we have planted over 23 food producing trees, many supporting herbs and flowers - Rotate (with seasonal annuals) four raised garden beds, 3 wicking beds, have built a hugelkulture, started planting our a vine tunnel to go over the bridge - have 3 worm farms, built a makeshift propagation shed.
18 McCracken St:
This garden continues to surprise each season. A cottage garden, under two large maple trees, with some unusual plants. Feel free to walk in and visit this front garden.
67 Westbourne Road
There is a plant sale being held here from 10am - 2pm on Sunday only.
Here is a list of plants that may be available, subject to being sold previously.