Open Gardens Victoria – The Barwitian Garden 

35 Fern Street Barwite Victoria
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$6.00 - 10.00

  • 2 to 3 Mar 202410:00am - 4:30pm

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Built around a straw-bale home overlooking a seasonal waterfall, renowned perennial garden designer and artist Ralph Bristow’s breathtaking semi-wild garden opens with Open Gardens Victoria on the first weekend in March 2024.

Located just north of Mansfield, on 2.5 acres in rural Barwite, Ralph Bristow and partner Nicky Saunders’ The Barwitian Garden is a botanical wonderland, filled with vibrant natural colours and textures. Designed with artistry and intuition by Ralph, the garden draws inspiration from the New Perennial Movement, a naturalistic, plant-driven landscaping style that incorporates herbaceous perennials and grasses planted in ‘wild’ drifts and that intimately responds to the ebb and flow of the natural landscape.

“I needed to create a garden that offered a sense of beauty, detail, and depth from almost any viewpoint and was full of change and interest through the growing seasons. With a feeling of being completely immersed, but very much also in the landscape” says Ralph.

The Barwitian Garden has loads of layering with a mix of plants, grasses, and flowers in differing heights, textures, and colours, giving the garden a rambling and dynamic meadow appearance. Key to the apparent ‘wildness’ is the thoughtful design behind the planting and consideration of how the design will evolve with the changing seasons.

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