Sunnymeade Garden Open This Weekend

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Peter and Simone Shaw are in the business of creating beautiful, sustainable gardens. They run Ocean Road Landscaping,  a landscape design and construction business specialising in environmentally sensitive residential gardens. Their own garden in Anglesea is a sculptural space – with an undulating lawn unlike any we’ve seen before!

The garden brings together tough, hardy native plants with sculptured grass mounds, and a canopy of local Stringybark gums. The centrepiece, at the bottom of the drive, is a dramatic display of shrubs clipped into ball shapes.

But don’t just stare at our photos, some things really are worth seeing ‘IRL’ to be properly appreciated…! Suss this unique sculptural garden for yourself this weekend thanks to  Open Gardens Victoria!

Sunnymeade Garden Open Day
January 27th to 28th, 12-6pm
48 Harvey Street, Anglesea

On Saturday at 3.00pm, Peter Shaw from Ocean Road Landscaping will give a talk on creating coastal gardens. Then on Sunday at 3.00pm, Nick Day from Otway Indigenous Nursery will speak about using indigenous plants in the garden. Visit the Open Gardens Victoria website for further information.

Framed by the incredible beauty of the old stringybark trees, Peter and Simone Shaw’s garden in Anglesea is dominated by a couple of magnificent stringybark trees (Eucalyptus obliqua). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.


A low water bowl surrounded by washed out timber stools forms one of the many nooks within the garden. ‘I’ve pulled a lot out since the photos were taken,’ Peter tells. ‘I’m about to plant more of what’s working: the clipped, rounded shapes as they seem to look right for the setting. I like the way they contrast with the wild gums and grasses, standing out, but not too much.’ Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.


Peter Shaw in his Anglesea garden Sunnymeade. Together with his wife Simone, he runs Ocean Road Landscaping – a landscape design and construction business specialising in creating environmentally sensitive residential gardens. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.


Peter likes the way the clipped forms of the coastal rosemary (Westringia spp) and germander (Teucrium fruticans) contrast with the twisted branches of the stringybark trees, as well as the looseness of the grasses (Poa spp, and Lomandra spp.). Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

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