Alexandra & District Open Gardens
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October 2021 * 10am - 4pm * Come ... be inspired!
8 Toronga Rise, ALEXANDRA
In May 2016, with the help of friends and family, we excitedly moved into our brand new energy efficient modern home. With winter fast approaching, our first task was to tame the nightmarish, sticky, red clay with paving, gravel and mulch. Once that was under control we could start work on the garden.
Our aim was to create an attractive, easy to maintain, water wise garden which would give us privacy without obstructing the view. We both love the diverse variety of Australian native flora and fauna so planting a native garden was the obvious choice.
Before and during construction, we’d sit in the very top corner of the block planning and discussing possibilities for our new home and garden. It seemed fitting that we should install a folly and seat there. Take a few minutes to enjoy the view but mind your head on the overhead beam!
The prominent rock retaining wall provides a striking backdrop to the informal courtyard. Rio mesh wall panels filled with pots of succulents help to create rooms and reduce wind tunnelling. The area beyond the carport was a problem - scorching sun in summer and full shade in winter. Our solution was to use the space for a summer vegetable garden.
Wind, lack of rain and grubs are a challenge, but the views of distant hills and ever-changing skies, native birds and flowering plants are a year-round reward.