about the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Walkaround -

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.

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