Open Gardens Around the Borough of Queenscliff

Posted 3 October 2019

Open Gardens Around the Borough of Queenscliff

10 am – 5pm Saturday 19 October

Spring is in the air ! A special treat is on offer for gardeners and those who enjoy beauty and the outdoors.  Five diverse and inspiring gardens around Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale will be open to the public on Saturday 19 October.

– The event is hosted by Queenscliff Uniting Church.

The Billabong Garden is opening for the first time ! Located in Point Lonsdale, this large three year old garden was landscaped by designer Phillip Johnson. Meandering pathways lead you through garden beds filled with Australian Native and Indigenous plantings, fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. Featuring creeks, bridges and a billabong with a stunning waterfall. There’s also a fire pit and sitting area, meditation platform all curated using large rocks.

Point Lonsdale is also home to the abundant and whimsical garden of local landscapers Mia Cooke and Ken Adam. The front indigenous garden leads to an informal backyard with surprises around every corner.  Twisting paths take you though archways of verdant growth and around walled and sunken gardens filled with hardy natives and exotics.  Colourful annuals, perennials and vegetables abound and artworks created in the studio dot the spaces. This garden is a feast for the senses.

The Old Vicarage Garden in Queenscliff is an established formal heritage style garden, with clipped hedges and many garden rooms.  Red brick pathways, walls and steps take you through ornate iron work gates and arbours, around sculptures and urns, to numerous garden settings and benches.  This large garden is lush, filled with ancient trees, bulbs, roses, ferns and perennials.  There are beds of herbs and vegetables and chickens.

Nearby, The Gas Works Garden features, mediterranean courtyards, kitchen gardens, wisteria covered pergola and abundant pots of colourful flowers.  The garden is built around an architecturally designed house which represents the dimensions and layout of the original gas works. It includes a large open circular living area which connects the inside of the home to the abundant and nourishing garden that weaves around it.  This spectacular home and garden enjoys stunning views over Swan Bay.

Also in Queenscliff, overlooking the bay, is the Manse Garden, a colourful and constantly evolving garden that welcome birds, bees, reptiles and people. Native, deciduous and cottage style plantings, fruit trees, raised and wicking vegetable beds and pots of herbs and annuals fill this garden. A frog pond is surrounded by native grasses and bromeliads. Much of the garden grows from cuttings, self seeding and plant division.  Tanks, compost and mulch sustain this garden while recycled wire, pots and bricks decorate the spaces.

Lunches, morning and afternoon teas, plant stalls, raffles and organ recitals will also be available to add to your gardening experience.

More details about each garden and tickets can be purchased at

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