OPEN GARDENS 2016
We are opening our magical garden to the public for one weekend as a fund raiser for our local CFA. Joined with two neighbors this garden experience is just that bit more magical.
This year our theme is ‘Aqua’. Latin for water we see our garden as a place for reflection, stillness and connection. Our special addition is the turf maze or Labyrinth for you to explore. Mandala mosaics are set in pathways leading through arches into the neighbor Sonja’s native garden. Here the local rock features add a unique quality with a vegetable patch that feeds the both families.
Walk across the road to view the superb garden of Elly & Leon Roos who are experienced gardeners happy to share their extensive knowledge. Their garden lies on the other side of the ridge facing north. It offers a paradise of colour and lushness specializing in Salvias and other rare plants. Explore and enjoy beautiful sitting areas with vistas into the Dandenongs.
Turf labyrinths, or 'turf mazes' were once found throughout the British Isles. Formed by cutting away the ground surface to leave turf ridges and shallow trenches, a single pathway leads to the centre of the design. Dated to the 16th and 17th centuries only 8 survive in the UK. There has been much speculation about why turf mazes were cut and what they were used for. Modern turf mazes are used to aid contemplation or meditation, much as a mandala would be.
We were inspired by discovering many of them in the UK, walking and experiencing this ancient art. Our Labyrinth is a medieval design as found on the floor of Chatres Cathedral in France.
You are invited and welcomed to a garden experience - something different, something unique. Bring your friends and have a devonshire tea in a spectacular setting.
DATES: Saturday 19th March and Sunday 19th March
TIMES: 10 am - 4.30 pm
Admission to all three gardens $10 Family pass $25
ALL PROCEEDS go to the Upwey Fire Brigade
ADDRESS 66,68 and 59 Ferguson Street, Upwey