Last weekend the Melbourne team was lucky enough to get a guided tour of the spectacular Alowyn Gardens, created by John Vandelinde of Jay Vee Landscaping. John, who created the gardens with his wife Prue, walked us through each section of the garden and gave us an insight into the motivation behind and beauty of each different style.
In 1998 when John first started work on the gardens, there were only 3 trees to be found on the property. One of these trees, the Weeping Elm, is now the centre piece of the entire garden. It’s clear from strolling through the gardens that John takes a lot of inspiration from nature itself as well as the traditional style of gardens found at the “Palais Het Loo” in Holland.
Sprawling over 4 acres, you could easily lose yourself amongst any of the 7 amazing gardens. I know myself and a few others here at Eco will be sure to visit again to see how things have grown and changed and to be inspired all over again.
So the next time you have a day trip or wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, why not drop in and say hello to John and Prue and enjoy an afternoon of inspiration at Alowyn Gardens. While you’re there you can also grab a coffee and a bite to eat at their café. Check out the website for opening hours.
P.S. If you’re wondering where the name “Alowyn” comes from (as we were) it’s a combination of John and Prue’s surnames, Aloyisius and Olwyn.