“A garden requires patient labour and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfil good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. ” Liberty Hyde Bailey
Picardy Gardens is a hidden gem in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The gardens were created by Bryce and Marian Somes, who found the perfect plot of land for their dream home and garden. They begun designing the gardens and started construction in 1992. The grounds and buildings are heavily inspired by French architecture and landscape design. Which has been executed brilliantly. Walking through the farm gates the first building you see is a magical barn which is decorated in antique trinkets. The barn looks as if it were built centuries ago but it is no older than 20 years!
The gardens have been designed to take the viewer on a journey through the grounds via ‘green-rooms’. These green rooms are achieved by using trees which have been espaliered to make fences or by large screening plants that create n enclosed space with one or two entrances. “The hedges give structure to the massed plantings of perennials and happy accidents.”
This is one of the finest examples of a french inspired garden I have seen in Australia. The gardens awaken in the spring with an explosion of colour from bulbs and spring flowering perennials. I can only hope to visit this garden again soon!Until next time happy gardening! By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2018