Ram­ble through the past

Take in­spi­ra­tion from the clas­si­cal style and stun­ning de­tails of this his­toric gar­den

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with their el­e­gant de­sign and ro­man­tic plant­ings, tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian gar­dens are gor­geous places to wan­der, while you take in a whole range of won­der­ful ideas. From patterned for­mal­ity to blowsy gar­den beds, they take you on a jour­ney over­flow­ing with abun­dance and colour – and there’s some­thing to de­light the eye at ev­ery turn. So in­spire your pas­sion for the past with a tour through Corinda, a lov­ingly re­stored his­toric house and gar­den in Ho­bart, where you can also stay. And start plan­ning a few clas­si­cal gar­den touches of your own.

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Orig­i­nally built in the 1880s for Al­fred Crisp, a tim­ber mer­chant and for­mer lord mayor of Ho­bart, Corinda has passed through var­i­ous own­ers in the in­ter­ven­ing 140 years. Now, in a fab­u­lous twist of fate, the own­er­ship has come full cir­cle – cur­rent owner Ju­lian Roberts is the great-great grand­son of the orig­i­nal owner. To­gether with his wife Chaxi, they have opened Corinda as a bou­tique ho­tel with a beau­ti­ful gar­den to ex­plore and re­lax in. Even the orig­i­nal out­build­ings have been pre­served and turned into ac­com­mo­da­tion – the ser­vant’s quar­ters, coach house and gar­dener’s cot­tage are all avail­able to stay in.

Wan­der in your imag­i­na­tion or visit the gar­den in real life!

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Corinda’s gar­den still re­tains much of its orig­i­nal struc­ture and lay­out – quite an achieve­ment for a prop­erty this old! The gar­den was lov­ingly re­stored in the 1990s by its pre­vi­ous own­ers (Wil­mar Bouman and Matthew Ryan), and to­day of­fers a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence across ev­ery sea­son. One of its sig­na­ture fea­tures is the for­mal parterre, with its patterned swirls of clipped box­wood in per­fect Vic­to­rian style, in­ter­sected by gravel paths. There’s also a whim­si­cal col­lec­tion of an­i­mal top­i­aries, sprout­ing play­fully from the top of a hedge at the back of the gar­den – na­tive hens, ring­tail pos­sums, Tas­ma­nian devils and wom­bats all come to life in clipped fo­liage form. Sunny flower beds, shady side­walks and some se­ri­ously his­toric trees add to the am­bi­ence – the lat­ter in­cludes a 100-year-old mag­no­lia and a yew tree that pre-dates the house it­self. A U-shaped walk of pleached lin­den trees com­pletes the scene.

1 Be in­spired by the es­sen­tial el­e­ments of Vic­to­rian-gar­den style: wide, flower-filled beds ar­ranged around lush lawns, with for­mal top­i­aries used as high­lights.

2 Plant for breath­tak­ing spring scenes by in­clud­ing clumps of bulbs, such as blue­bells and daf­fodils, in prom­i­nent gar­den spots. PS, this is the orig­i­nal gar­dener’s cot­tage!

3 It’s all done with box­wood and gravel – el­e­gant parterre gar­dens cre­ate just as much im­pact to­day as in their hey­day.

5 How’s this for a quirky 5 way to in­cor­po­rate top­i­aries into a gar­den – carve them into the top of a hedge! This cute wom­bat and na­tive hen are part of a pa­rade of trimmed an­i­mal shapes cap­tured in fo­liage form.

4 Cre­ate gor­geous gar­den scenes out of ev­ery hid­den cor­ner. Here, a rose-cov­ered arch frames a low win­dow, bor­dered by a col­lec­tion of strik­ing suc­cu­lents, in­clud­ing Agave at­ten­u­ata and blue chalk sticks(Senecio sp.). 46 A fea­ture tree isguar­an­teed to grab at­ten­tion in a gar­den – this gor­geous flamingo maple (Acer ne­gundo ‘Flamingo’) lights up a side path with its amaz­ing pink leaves in spring.

7 The lit­tle vi­gnettesin a gar­den add greatly to its charms. Do as the Vic­to­ri­ans did and bury stat­u­ary among the fo­liage, to de­light the passer-by.

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