Carlo Gabriele, Elwood

2024: 16 Tiuna Gv Elwood

Open Date
16 & 17 Nov. 2024
Garden Entry

This shared garden of a four-apartment 1920s building embodies a captivating tapestry of greenery and vibrant hues and offers a tranquil oasis within the urban landscape.
As you step into this verdant sanctuary, you’re greeted by a majestic array of mature tree ferns that stand sentinel at the front with their feathery fronds. Here, a symphony of exotic looking foliage evokes the allure of a faraway rainforest.
Two secluded nooks nestled at the garden’s rear, cocooned within the embrace of verdant foliage and framed by a whimsical metal installation, are splashed with hues of azure, purple, gold and red. These intimate sanctuaries offer tranquil retreats for contemplation and relaxation, their ambiance infused with a sense of serene seclusion.
The garden’s planting scheme showcases the diversity of flora that thrives within Melbourne’s Mediterranean climate. Here, a carefully curated palette of plants spans various layers, from native tree ferns to Canarian Echiums, from Madeiran Geraniums to Mexican Sages, ensuring that every inch of soil is utilized to its fullest potential, creating a rich tapestry of textures and colours.
Yet, amidst the verdant splendour, the challenges of urban gardening loom large. The study of shade and light becomes paramount, as towering apartment blocks and fences cast shifting shadows across the garden throughout the day and the seasons. Through meticulous observation and strategic planning, a diverse array of plant species are cultivated in their optimal microclimates.
In this urban oasis, the line between nature and city living fades away, showcasing the remarkable ability of green spaces to transform even the smallest areas.