Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Alowyn Gardens is a beautiful, 7-acre display garden showcasing seasonal plants and annuals in a gorgeous setting in the Yarra Valley.
Alowyn Gardens has been created by Prue and John Van de Linde over the last twenty years. This beautiful display garden is open to the public, showcasing an array of perennial plants, succulents, trees, fruits and vegetables. Sculptures and water features interweave through the gardens.
There are seven clearly defined areas including: a perennial border, birch forest, an Australian forest, parterre garden, French garden and edible garden. Through all this runs a wisteria and rose covered arbour, 100 metres long with a sunken rose garden and a classical three – tiered fountain as a centrepiece.
In 2008 Alowyn Gardens won the National Garden of the Year from Gardening Australia. Alowyn was also the Winner of the 2013 Tourism Minister’s Encouragement Award. Alowyn Gardens is open 7 days a week, August through to June, from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy a walk through the gardens, browse in the nursery, then relax in the cafe, sitting in the courtyard under Canadian sugar maples.
Alowyn is unique with a number of different gardens within the seven acres including:
The wisteria archway: This beautiful archway, 100 metres long and 6 metres high, has been designed to showcase spectacular Japanese wisteria flowering in Spring, deep shade in Summer, amazing bright yellow autumn colour and stark simplicity in winter when the leaves have dropped.
The birch forest: Five hundred silver birch and river birch trees make up this relaxing shady forest walk. Paths intertwine between the birch groves where heavy under planting keep the forest floor cool in warmer weather. Bulbs, irises and bluebells put on a beautiful display in early spring before the birch leaves have formed.
The perennial border: Each season has so much to offer in this never ending display of lovely perennials. Spring starts with a colour palette of pinks, mauves and blues, followed by the reds, yellows and oranges of summer. Autumn has beautiful grasses, seed heads and masses of yellows and blues to offer the visitor.
The edible garden: Fruit trees form eight avenues of structure in this area. Apples, crab apples, lives, limes and quinces are inter-planted with seasonal vegetables and herbs. Produce is for sale in the café area when the produce is bountiful.
The French garden: This area opens out to four large grassed areas featuring spring and autumn flower plantings, Avenues of trees provide seasonal interest with blossoms, shade and autumn colourings.
The parterre garden: Low hedges, clipped into interesting patterns are planted with Dutch, Korean and English box. Simple paths bisect the four main sections and its simplicity is eye catching.
The Australian forest: A casuarina forest, sighing in the slightest wind, is a feature in this area. Other natives, such as acacias and hardenbergia surround the main dam, provide splashes of colour across the seasons.
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