Yarran, 211 Ellsmore Rd (last open 2010)

‘Due to unforseen circumstances this garden has been withdrawn’

A tad over 1 acre, this block was first established in 1986 and early plantings provided some useful ‘bones’. The garden has been closed for several years as refreshment and redevelopment has taken place.

Planting of the current garden began in 2002. Yarran is probably best described as a ‘plantsman’s garden’ and contains many rare and interesting perennial plants. The block lends itself to three distinct planting types: the main sunny garden behind the house, dry woodland areas east and west of the house and an area on the southern side (most recently developed) that can become very wet. Despite the ravaging animals resident here there is a productive garden also. Given the very limited space all plants must have several attributes to find a place here and different collections are developing, including plants from New Zealand. Small late winter and spring bulbs are a real delight. ‘Miniature’ conifers and red and yellow stemmed dogwoods add winter colour. Given sufficient rain there is an unfenced pond in the SW corner. Parking is available in the adjacent paddock.

Graeme Whisker