about the garden
Nestled in the rolling hills of rural Gippsland, Picardy Garden is blessed with red volcanic soil and plentiful rainfall of about 1000mm annually. For its owners, Marian and Bryce Somes, the glorious landscape represents their 25-year quest to turn a lush green paddock into a romantic version of Claude Monet’s famous garden at Giverny. The rammed-earth house and barn built of mud-brick look like they were plucked straight out of the French countryside, their walls softened by the arching canes of climbing roses and grapevines. Covering an area of 10.5 hectares, the garden comprises a variety of themes, some purely ornamental, others productive, but all French in inspiration. There are rose and perennial gardens, crabapple and dogwood walks, herb and vegetable gardens, an olive grove, orchard and vineyard. There’s even a ‘Trufferie’, a grove of oak trees especially planted to produce truffles.