Entry price $8 (U18 free) or $12 with joint entry to Melba. Students $5 or $8 for joint entry.
Sunnymeade has been created by the talented plantsman Peter Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping. The formal design incorporates many noteworthy features such as extensive drystone walls, a sunken garden, fire pit and sculptures.
This is not your ‘traditional’ garden space! The award-winning garden first impacts you when you enter to view the extraordinary sculptured grass mounds and shrub plantings with a canopy of local Stringybark gums. Stone walls soften level changes around the house, and fields of grasses have been used in natural clumps and deliberate lines to connect the walls and gravel paths seamlessly – consequently the garden has a soft wavy feel.
At the bottom of the drive is a dramatic display of shrubs clipped into ball shapes. A pistachio tree shades the front door and the beginnings of a living screen provide connection to the buildings and the landscape. A delightful Moonah forest has been planted at the back of the garden.
On the open days there are the following talks:
Sat 27 Jan, 3.00pm – Peter Shaw from Ocean Road Landscaping will give a talk on creating coastal gardens
Sun 28 Jan, 3.00pm – Nick Day from Otway Indigenous Nursery will give a talk on using indigenous plants in the garden
There will be a sausage sizzle and/or other food available, depending on the weather, and wines for sale by the glass and takeaway bottles from Blakes Estate.
The combined funds from both Sunnymeade and Melba will be going to local community organisations – these being the Anglesea CFA, the Anglesea Men's Shed and the Diversitat Refugee Program.