Sep 8, 2011

Mulberry Hill: a Garden in which to Linger

A garden of many nooks & crannies,
where sunlight & shadow playfully dance,
with winsome, luscious plantings at every turn,
is a pure delight for the senses. 
Mulberry Hill is a productive garden
on the Mornington Peninsula,
where a maritime temperate climate, 
rich soils & abundant rainfall
allow the garden to flourish.
The garden has been designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture,
and you can see their trademark verdancy at every turn.
It's a garden of production 
but also a garden of pleasure.
Who said you can't have both?


  1. Hi there Virginia

    You had me at hello today - or I am not even sure if you spoke.
    I've knocked our blog friendship aside to get to these photos - I am in dream land looking at them.

    As I have mentioned to you before - I am in awe of your own garden and garden envy

    lovely post today miss v

    have a gorgeous one and keep warm - you said earlier it was cool where you are today - apparently we are going to get it this weekend



  2. Hello Loulou! Yes we have gone back to the cold - but with sunny clear blue skies and golden sunshine at the same time. So it looks warm, then I go outside onsite to my projects and it is FREEZING! 

    Glad you have fallen under the spell of this magical garden. I think a good one can do exactly that: bewitch. 

  3. I'd  love to stay in that garden while drinking a cup of coffee and feel the warmth of the sunshine.

  4. Jane and Lance Hattatt8/9/11 5:38 PM

    Hello Virginia:
    As you may imagine, we have looked long and hard at the images of the garden at Mulberry Hill. Whilst there is much that we like such as the stone paving and the bold, block plantings, there are other elements to this garden that we feel are less successful.

     First, we wonder whether the scale is quite right in certain areas. The seats and table are dwarfed by the high wall and the terrace looks to be quite narrow in relation to the height of the pergola. Secondly, we wonder if the thick plantings of vines over the pergola may become somewhat oppressive rather quickly. We can, of course, see the need for shade,particularly in summer months, but a large white umbrella would, in our view, have 'lightened' the scene. Finally, we feel that more attention could have been given to focal points or eye-catchers since, in many of the pictures you show, one wonders what one is actually looking at and the eye wanders rather than rests.

    And, most does it all relate to the house?

  5. Hello Jane & Lance. Your very observant remarks made me go back and look at the original photos on the EGA website to see if I have misrepresented it. I have not been to this garden, but I have had the pleasure of walking in others by EGA during the Open Garden season (which is about to start this year so I will try to see some more of their work). And perhaps what these images do not capture properly is the very strong emphasis that they place on creating "rooms" in their gardens, where each has a focal point, just visible from the adjacent room, which leads the visitor on. They use a lot of pergolas, mostly draped with Boston Ivy which grows so well in Melbourne, because in our scorching summers, there is almost nothing more refreshing on a hot, hot day than sitting under one of these pergolas with their heavy shade. Interesting that you should mention the white umbrella though, because there was another image of another part of the garden, where a deck and table are simply shaded by a white umbrella. 

    I suspect that the high wall is for a windbreak - as the peninsula can get some decent weather coming in off the bay - but this is a guess. I have to agree with you about the scale of the butterfly chairs in that location - they do look a little dwarfed, although I wonder if it feels like that in real life. 

    And sadly I could find absolutely no reference to the house, so I, like you, am left curious as to the relationship between the two! As you would know from my postings and comments, I am somewhat obsessed with the context between architecture and landscape - in fact most of my building designs are inspired by the landscape first and foremost, before anything else is considered. So I absolutely understand your question, and am frustrated that I cannot answer you better! 

  6. OMG! You really are inspired today, look at these fabulous images.
    It would be perfect if I could sit at that chair and enjoy the landscape.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love the contrast of the industrial grey walls, concrete/slate floors & beams against the natural wood and gorgeous greenery. Oh so beautiful and inspiring. 

  8. Hello Tereza! Yes, just add a glass of wine, the company of somebody charming to sit in the other chair, and a few hours could merrily be spent sitting in those chairs! 

  9. I agree - the combination of the industrial with the lush greenery is a brilliant contrast. 

  10. Penelope B9/9/11 8:27 AM

    Stunning! The charcoal grey contrasted with the green is beautiful - and I would dive straight into that pool.

  11. You must be having warmer weather then, I just shudder at the thought of diving into any pool right now! 

  12. Mapleandvine9/9/11 10:23 AM

    wow how fab. looks so quite and peaceful!

  13. Julie Paterson9/9/11 8:43 PM

    wow - what an amazing garden. xxx

  14. perfect garden, so calm and graceful.

  15. Henrietta Hassinen12/9/11 12:04 AM

    I almost feel sick the last one is gorgeous, why ou why I can't have that!!!


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