27 Mar 2021 to 28 Mar 2021 Annual Event
Open Gardens Victoria is pleased to open Bishopscourt, one of the oldest properties in East Melbourne and the official residence of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne.
Bishopscourt has a very special place in Melbourne’s garden history. Founded in 1848, it is the last intact urban estate within the City of Melbourne.
The garden was designed in the Gardenesque style and features extensive plantings, sweeping lawns and fruit and vegetables, all interwoven with a series of serpentine paths. Resident bishops and archbishops, and their families have all enjoyed the garden, and made their own contributions to it over the decades.
Over the past 20 years, a dedicated group of volunteers have established regular working bees and made massive efforts to restore and breathe new life into this beautiful garden.
Original paths have been uncovered, garden beds rejuvenated and replanted, and significant trees preserved.
The house and garden are both included on the Victorian Heritage Register and 18 trees are included on the citation. Nine of the major trees are also on the City of Melbourne’s register of exceptional trees.
John Hawker (formerly of Heritage Victoria) will take tours on Saturday at 2.00pm and Sunday at 11.00am. A selection of plants from Lambley Nursery will be available on both days. Books on Bishopscourt and Devonshire tea will be available for sale on both days.
Adults $10 Students $6 Under 18 FREE
27 Mar 2021 to 28 Mar 2021