This year E-GA has two gardens open as part of the Garden DesignFest. Over twenty professionally designed will be open across Melbourne over two weekends on 10th and 11th November and on 17th and 18th November.
Canterbury Garden – (open 17th and 18th November)
Address: 161 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury
This relaxed family garden off a bustling main road in Canterbury was completed just over two years ago in 2016. The garden had to provide respite for a busy family, a new extension including back yard studio allowed for plenty of space for entertaining friends, family and pets alike.
The extension of the living area at the rear by Williams Boag Architects, with double doors and large windows, made the communal areas useable, light and airy – making the most of the green outlook. The connecting park with the majestic English Oak Tree creates the perfect backdrop to the rear garden.
Natural paving surfaces throughout combined with an unpretentious patchwork of textured foliage creates a truly relaxing garden. Fine black steel rods and an arbor alongside the pool provide a light framework for a mix of deciduous creepers, anchored at ground level by a smattering of textured ground covers including Kidney Weed and Corsican Mint.
The organic grey and cool blue of the 11 x 3.5m pool allows for lots of splashing in summer and becomes a water feature in the cooler months.
The existing Pear Tree adjacent to the pool area acts as a canopy over a quiet garden room – perfect for intimate and casual entertaining – a spot to read a book.
Veggies and herbs at the rear of the garden are tucked out of site in timber crates but are still close enough to grab a few handfuls of herbs mid-cook.
An amazing outcome when owners put their trust in your vision. We hope you enjoy the garden as much as the owners do.
*** The property is has been sold – last chance to see the incredible garden that is Musk ***
Guided tours will be running from the main deck:
1130am to 1230pm
1pm to 2pm
230pm to 330pm
Musk Cottage has been a pet project of Rick Eckersley and the E-GA design team for the past six years. The ten-acre property was purchased in 2008 with the intent of creating a different approach to garden making in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
The aim with Musk Cottage was to challenge people’s preconceptions about garden making, one that went beyond a square of lawn and the latest fashionable plantings. The garden was to be recognisably Australian in flavour but seamlessly knitted with plants from around the world. A melting pot if you like.
As with any experimental garden, there have been successes and failures. And every true gardener is never fully satisfied with the entire garden. Thankfully the successes have far out-weighed the failures and Musk Cottage stands as a testament to low maintenance, sustainable gardening.
Garden DesignFest is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy a wide variety of gardens. Tickets can be purchased online here or they may be purchased on any day of the event at any of the garden gate.
Children under 16, when accompanied by an adult, are admitted free of charge.
The gardens are open 10:00am-5:00pm.
Make sure to come along and experience the gardens for yourself!
Rick Eckersley’s own private paradise: Musk Cottage
The celebrated garden designer has created a stylish sanctuary across approx. 10 acres on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. For sale by Holly Longmuir and Samantha Moffatt of RT Edgar Flinders & RT Edgar Portsea.
Tours by Scott Leung and Myles Broad, Eckersley Garden Architecture 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm both days
Entry price $10 (Under 18 free) Students $5
Open Gardens Victoria is delighted to be launching its spring 2018 open gardens season at Rick Eckersley’s inspirational Musk Cottage in Flinders.
Proceeds of this event support Global Gardens of Peace, an Australian Charity dedicated to planning, designing and delivering gardens to support vulnerable communities around the world.
Musk Cottage has been a pet project of Rick Eckersley and the Eckersley Garden Architecture design team for the past 10 years.
Sadly, this will be one of the last times Rick opens the garden to the public as the property is to be sold – so please relish this opportunity to experience Musk Cottage.
The 10-acre property was purchased in 2008 with the intention of creating a different approach to garden making in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
The plan was to ignore the latest fashion trends and to create something uniquely Australian: strong, tough and sustainable.
The palette of plants is not restricted to native or indigenous. Rather, they have been selected for whether they will grow well in the particular conditions of the Musk Cottage grounds. Plants from around the world have been knitted together to create a rich textural landscape of imaginative combinations.
Visitors will find a geometric grid of rugged black-trunked ironbarks underplanted by wave-pruned Tuscany Privet. Lime green bracts of a Linden tree are reflected by a bold sweep of lime-green lomandra. A boardwalk winds around a wetlands area.
Colours in bark and leaves as well as flowers meld the garden together. Greys, olive greens, browns and brindles make up the base colours and give the garden its unmistakably Australian flavour.
Things to enjoy at the garden opening are plant sales, local produce, wine sales, sausage sizzle, Devonshire tea and a coffee cart. Please note that the garden is only partly accessible only wheelchairs.
Bright Angles – a collaboration with FMD architects. This Clifton Hill garden was featured in the July edition of House & Garden magazine. Read about the project here. Beautiful photography by Derek Swalwell.
To mark the occasion of Australian House & Garden magazine’s 70th anniversary, editor in chief, Lisa Green invited longtime collaborators Eckersley Garden Architecture to design a contemporary garden that pays homage to the Australian backyard, and its many incarnations and uses over time.
Our response was to propose an Australian Case Study Garden, “a bit of a mongrel”, referencing plants and materials seen in our gardens over the past seven decades to create a contemporary garden.
Importantly, the design used materials and plants accessible to all. From the veggie patch to the fruit trees, native plantings and ornamental shrubs to an outdoor fire/BBQ, recognisable elements have been given a modern makeover. There’s enough lawn for a cricket game, a brick front fence, a pond and gum trees. Naturally.
Please enjoy some behind the scenes action below:
The amazing crew at Canterbury Landscapes – hard at work. Mulch and gravel from Burdett’s, Luca crazy paving from Eco Outdoor and San Selmo Reclaimed bricks from Brickworks.