I visited Melbourne this weekend to look at gardens in the Rotary GardenDesignFest.
What a feast. Here is the first garden I want to show you. It’s small and a simple, green garden. Structured but full of edible surprises.
The front driveway gave a little hint on what was to come…balls
And the side pathway gave a hint of the quirky way the formal structure was to be interpreted.
Who would think to use a retro chair as a planter.
But then I got the message.
The formal structure of this garden was to be off-set with veggies and fruit planted everywhere. Between topiary balls, along fences, in garden beds which looked as though they should hold more topiary…
The back garden is not big. But it is full of edibles planted with elegance and a few quirky touches.
Designed by Lisa Ellis, this garden shows class and imagination.
Here are some of the better touches.
The one piece of art is a giant bronze pear sitting in a bed of dwarf rosemary which dominates the garden once you get into it.
I really like the pear. It is simple, like the rest of the garden and reflects the round shapes which soften the garden and give an organic feel of abundance.
There are two eating areas. The most obvious is in the garden itself, on an uncovered patio. And here the retro feel comes into it’s own.
All the furniture in the garden has this simple retro touch.
The top deck, which is a covered area next to the house is also very simple. There are retro chairs to relax in.
And another very simple dining setting.
The garden is designed on straight lines and angles which are accentuated by the simple furniture. But I didn’t realize this until later because of the organic shapes in the topiary and the relaxed planting elsewhere.
There is a rectangular lawn in the back garden, but it is very restrained. Mostly the garden is filled with structured topiary balls, vegetables and fruit trees.
Look at some of the detailed planting here.
I love the simplicity of this garden which really belies its careful and considered design.