Heronswood’s historic house and gardens are located in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
The historic Heronswood property boasts a National Trust registered bluestone house, surrounded by a diverse garden first established in the 1870s. The garden includes many spaces dedicated to productive gardening and great use of edible plants as ornamentals – avocado trees used as a hedge, flowering artichokes rising above a formal border, plantings of bronze fennel en masse against the limestone and granite of the house in the perennial border.
Some of the original plantings still remain (the Morton Bay fig is magnificent!) but of interest to those growing their own food, the vegetable parterre (and the view of it from the adjoining bench seat) is wonderful, the working example of the Digger’s mini plot, the sub-tropical food border and the modern herb garden are all inspiring.
In the week before my visit the ‘Fork to Fork’ thatched roof restaurant was guttered by fire. It was a credit to the fire fighters that the fire was kept so contained, though it was still sad to see what remained of the restaurant. The Fork to Fork crew have set up a temporary pop-up cafe on the lawn near the pool in the interim, and it was a lovely place to sit and have a scone and jam and take in the view.
I never manage to leave without making a purchase from the Digger’s nursery on the way out – this time it was some early garlic, a sweet potato plant, some Moroccan mint and two new raspberry canes “Diggers Gold”.
Garden Entry: $10 for adults, free for kids and Diggers Club members
Location: 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana VIC
Hours: Open 7 days, (Closed Dec 24-26 and Good Friday) 9am-5pm
More details can be found at diggers.com.au