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Photos by Bridget Laird Photography. Mobile 0417 372 207.

Astolat - Riversdale Road Camberwell (Garden Only)

The name ASTOLAT is derived from Tennyson's Idylls of the King. The beauty and grand scale of this garden certainly is fitting of the name. Many owners of the property have tended and enhanced the garden since its conception in 1882-1884.

The carriage drive leads to an oval lawn that bows before the Victorian residence.

As you amble along past the magnificent Bunya Bunya Pine , the en tout cas tennis court with original 1880 pavilion draws you to the left. Spear straight hedging fences the court and embraces the old world feel.

To the right of the drive a Monterey cypress older than time forms a canopy for the 'fern garden', home to an Illawarra Flame Tree. Follow the secret pathway that leads to a small circular temple that is the division into the ‘tropical garden’ and cherry walk.

Sweeping lawn acts as the centrepiece to the eastern aspect of this garden. It's like an orchard of different fruit where you want to taste everything on offer. Give in to your curiosity and feast on the woodland garden, the foliage border, the winter border, the hot border, the grey border and the rose garden. A wonderful mix of Bhutan Cypress in a row, a Pin Oak, Canary Island Date Palm, Weeping Willow, Michelia and so much more.

All these theme gardens help generate texture, form and colour throughout the year.

In addition, an underground 300,000 litre water tank lies beneath our feet supplying reclaimed water to nourish and feed this memorable oasis in suburbia.

So, keep your eyes wide, breathe deeply and enjoy!