Entry price $8 (U18 free) or $12 with joint entry to Sunnymeade. Students $5 or $8 for joint entry.
The Robin Boyd designed house sits peacefully within an Australian native garden located on the cliff tops above Point Roadknight in Anglesea, capturing wonderful coastal views from its elevated position. The house has been through various renovations, however many of the original features are still present in and around the building.
Two types of stonework from local sources are presented in the house and garden, creating features of great interest: the yellow coloured sandstone and a red coloured ironstone. The new stone, such as in the garden paths, steps and fire pit area, links in with the original stonework already in the house and the rambling garden walls. Inspiration was drawn from the likes of Edna Walling, Ellis Stones and Gordon Ford.
In 2015 the owners undertook a major redesign of the garden in conjunction with Peter Shaw from Ocean Road Landscaping – recognising that it was important to take into account the history of the original house and garden style to authentically link the landscape to its place in time. Simultaneously the focus was creating a garden that thrive in harsh coastal conditions under the majestic, large existing Eucalypts.
The fire pit and stonework are a key feature in the central back garden, and the muted and verdant planting scheme throughout sits underneath the old graceful gums, complementing its outstanding coastal position. Recently a decorative steel screen work by local artist Cinnamon Stevens has been installed.
This garden truly offers a sense of peace and solitude through rustling leaves, birdsong and the distant crashing waves of Pt Roadknight.
On the open days there are the following talks:
Sat 27 Jan, 4.00pm – Nick Day from Otway Indigenous Nursery will give a talk on using indigenous plants in the garden
Sun 28 Jan, 4.00pm – Peter Shaw from Ocean Road Landscaping will give a talk on creating coastal gardens
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 Grange Hill Winery.
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.