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Alowyn Gardens (Yarra Glen)

Alowyn Garden is designed along strong symmetrical lines that become blurred by the softness of the spaces and the grace of the trees, within an area of approximately 4 acres. There are 5 clearly defined areas within the gardens, a perennial border, designed to display colour from Spring to Autumn, a silver birch forest, an edible garden of generous proportions, a parterre garden and a number of display gardens. The formal parterre garden is built along 17th century design principles, leads you through to a series of smaller courtyards and display gardens. Through all these area runs a wisteria and rose covered archway 100m long with a sunken garden and a classical fountain as a centre piece.

Parterre Garden - A parterre is a formal garden construction on a level surface consisting of planting beds, edged in stone or tightly clipped hedging and gravel paths arranged to form a pleasing, usually symmetrical pattern. Three varieties of box hedging are used in this garden. Buxus sempervirens (English box) is used for the tall topiary like shapes in the gardens. The box making up the patterns in the four segments is Buxus sempervirens “Suffruticosa” (Dutch box) and the long walkways are bordered by Buxus microphylla “Koreana” (Korean box).

Perennial Border - This has been created with the goal of achieving a colourful show of perennials and other plants such as shrubs, grasses and succulents from early Spring until late May.

Display Gardens - When the gardens are fully completed there will be up to 15 different garden spaces, courtyards and pond areas. The purpose is to inspire our visitors with plant combinations, potted plants, solar fountains, sculpture, ponds, paths and decking and to take ideas home to use in large and small gardens. These gardens have been designed to demonstrate what can be achieved in a small space by connecting a number of design features. Some of the spaces are small, some large, but all have interesting elements to them.

Edible Garden - The edible garden is a detailed composition of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers that can be used in cosmetics, for medicinal purposes and of course culinary purposes. Each and every plant has parts of it that can be used partially or totally. In this garden you can smell, touch, taste, feel and enjoy a working fruit, herb and vegetables garden that changes from season to season.

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1210 Melba Highway,  Yarra Glen 3775, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: (03) 9730 2400
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