OPEN GARDENS BUNINYONG
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This 8 acre site was established by Francis Moss, one of the first nurserymen in the district, and was last opened to the public in the 1870s. Today, the Gothic Revival homestead is approached via a Sugar Maple avenue, through a re-created Kentish cobnut platt. An oval Victorian styled garden features a traditional urned fountain. A gravel pathway leads into the original garden and specimen period trees have been placed in original positions re-creating the 19th Century gardenesque-style as Moss had arranged.
Neighbourhood bee-keeper and green thumb, Keith McCallum will be selling his delish honey and locally grown plants. Award-winning, internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, Neville French opens his studio all weekend on the Mossmont estate and will display and discuss his unique high fired porcelain and stoneware tableware that is wood-fired incorporating local clays, rocks and woodash in the glazes.
The garden surrounds a splendidly crafted contemporary home on an elevated, sloping 10 acre block and has evolved reflecting the earthy qualities of the architecture. The adjacent native bushland and expansive views set the scene. Working with the elements, some thousand trees have been planted and bespoke garden hardware adorns the various functional spaces within this budding landscape. Breathe in the exhilarating country air, look around and imagine the scene in another 150 years.
The original vicarage in the village is a sublime trinity of charming heritage home, colourful cottage garden and creative arts. The garden largely embodies a traditional and classical aesthetic with historic plants and trees having been preserved, the crowning glory being 160 year old oaks. New plants and revised garden layouts have been introduced that are stylistically appropriate and historically sympathetic. It is an artist’s garden where plants can be finely illustrated and painted at each stage of their growth.
View illustrations and paintings by members from the Botanical Art Group at Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, observe the artists at work and chat about their craft, purchase an illustration or painting as a gift or to display in your home. Browse the Gallery Shop including unique décor pieces for the home, an exceptional range of gorgeous books, stunning gifts and selection of beautiful garden essentials for the stylish gardener.
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