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There’s nothing like a bit of garden escapism. Whether it’s visiting an open garden or diving into the pages of a book, blog or website, these are the places I go when I’m looking for some inspiration or a garden ‘fix’.

 

Gardens to visit

Most of these gardens are open year-round.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne & Cranbourne

Burnley Gardens

Lambley Nursery and Gardens

Cloudehill

Heronswood

The Garden of St Erth

Ripponlea Estate gardens

Como House and Garden

 

Websites & blogs

The Planthunter (online magazine)

Garden Drum (online magazine)

Open Gardens Victoria

My Open Garden

The Gardenist (blog)

Janna Schreier (blog)

The Outdoor Co.operative (online sourcebook – AUS)

Gardenista (online sourcebook – US)

 

Books

This list barely scrapes the surface…

Period Gardens : Landscapes for Houses with History : Myles Baldwin

Period Gardens – Landscapes for Houses with History: Myles Baldwin

Garden Voices

Garden Voices – Australian Designers – Their Stories: Anne Latreille

Contemporary Australian Garden Design : Secrets of Leading Garden Designers Revealed - John Patrick

Contemporary Australian Garden Design – Secrets of Leading Garden Designers Revealed: John Patrick and Jenny Wade

Paul Bangay's Guide to Plants - Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay’s Guide to Plants: Paul Bangay

Michael McCoy’s Garden: Michael McCoy

Landprints – The Landscape Designs of Bernard Trainor: Susan Heeger and Bernard Trainor

Sissinghurst : Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden - Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst – The Creation of a Garden: Vita Sackville-West and Sarah Raven