A Narrawong property will open its gates for the first time this weekend as part of Open Garden Australia’s new spring program.
Timandra at 82 Windham Street has been professionally planned by landscape designer-owner Alison Alpin to cater for a steep site.
She has divided the 0.4-hectare (one-acre) garden into three distinct zones to successfully deal with the topography.
At the front of the property, a cottage garden is shaded by native and deciduous species. The sloping middle garden features shade-tolerant plants beneath a dense canopy and then broad lawns with massed beds of natives and exotics.
Many of the plants in the garden will be uncommon to some visitors as they are rarely sold in nurseries.
Ms Alpin regards many of them as classic because of their hardiness and suitability to the soil and climate.
Ms Alpin said that, as a landscape designer, she wanted to retain as many trees on site as possible as they were habitat for migratory and resident birds and koalas.
“I am a foliage lover, and so have worked with foliage effects as the degree of shade precludes flowering plants.”
Timandra’s open garden will be held from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors will be able to attend a guided walk and talk on sustainable garden design at 11am each day. Morning and afternoon teas will be available and plants will be for sale.
Prams, pushers and wheelchairs are unsuitable due to the steep slope of the garden.
Open Gardens Australia is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the knowledge and pleasure of gardens and gardening.