Open Garden Details


15-17 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn 3122


Opening Information

Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November 2017

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry price $8 (U18 free). Students $5


The house in this magnificent property was built in 1877, and both the garden and house were renovated 12 years ago. The garden is composed of several different areas connected by winding cement/sandstone paths. You enter via a ‘wild garden’ with a dry creek. Towards the house there are bottle trees, palms, beschornerias, and Mexican sedum flanking the path. The front of the house is surrounded by a climbing wild rose, opposite an oval bed of sedum. Overlooking the tennis court is a barbecue area, with a rooftop garden which was planted 12 months ago.

The design is Modernist – it includes sections like southern California-style gardens with strelitzia, giant furcraea and mass plantings of mondo grass. A 100,000 litre tank collects water and there are several sculptures (including by Inge King and Tim Nicholls), a nashi pear arbour leading to the pool, water feature, orchard and beehive. The pump house, dog kennel and interesting clothesline are made of rusted steel. There is also a herb garden, pergola with white wisteria, woodland area and old stables – an abundance of delightful features!

*Please note there are bee hives kept at this property. 

Proceeds from this opening will support the Learning for Life Autism Centre, who will be fundraising with a stall selling greeting cards, plants and baked goods. There will be morning/afternoon teas, music and a yoga class each day at 10.30am (weather permitting). 

Learning for Life Autism Centre was set up to provide the highest standard of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based services to help children with Autism and their families reach their full potential, regardless of their financial circumstances. We run early intensive behavioural intervention programs plus school and social skills programs. We subsidise some of the early intervention programs with our fundraising, allowing more access to families who may otherwise not be able to afford it. For more information go to


Information and advice on garden visiting



Click here for Garden Notes - Download and Print

Click here for Kinkora Garden Map

Click here for Kinkora Garden Plant List

Garden notes are written by the garden owners to describe their garden.
Download and print to bring when you visit the garden. 


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How to find us

15-17 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn 3122