Inverawe is a Tasmanian garden landscaped along traditional landscaping
lines. In 2001 this was 22 acres of weeds. Work commeced on the central section and that is the most developed part of the garden. Work continues on more far flung areas. You wont want to miss the Secret Garden, or the Banksias, or the view from Rabbit Hill. From Rabbit Hill it's a short stroll to the whimsy of the sculpture garden.
As one visitor said "I
like the way the garden merges into the wider landscape".
That's landscape design. It's natural then that we have
selected Australian native plants for the garden - 8500 of them,
enhanced by natural regrowth in selected areas. About 80% of
plants are Tasmanians. You wouldn't think you are just 15 minutes from Hobart CBD.
notice the changes in mood and theme as they move around the
garden. "The garden is full of
all sorts of surprises", one said. Two visiting American lecturers in creative writing enjoyed reading the interpretation signs and the poetry. "If only we could get our students to write like this", they said.
You'll just have to
come and see for yourself!
Inverawe is a sustainable garden. Native plants are water wise,
low maintenance and require little in the way of fertilisers or other
chemicals. There's nothing dull about natives, either.
are plants in bloom twelve months of the year. You'll scent the
faint aroma of the essential oils that the sun teases from the
leaves of many species and the distinctive, pleasantly understated
perfume of the blooms.
"When is the best time to
people ask."Anytime at
all", we tell them. A native garden just doesn't have an
Inverawe is here when you're
ready, waiting to inspire.
Wattle, late winter
Pink and white Kunzia ambiguas, with paper daisies, bottlebrush and red flowering gum, top terrace.
The Climate, and other technical
maximum temperatures rarely exceed thirty degrees Celsius and winter
overnight minimums are rarely less than minus two degrees. The ten year average annual rainfall is 709 mm, ranging from 459 mm (2006) to 1088 mm (2009). Light frosts are common in
cooler months and every couple of years we receive a light dusting of
snow, which soon melts. Inverawe is much less windy than
of the island but the prevailing westerlies coupled with low humidity
ensure that Inverawe is a dry temperate garden.
vary. Much of the property is sandy, doleritic clay,
occasionally overlaid with patches of grey sand. The lookout at
Hill is degraded basalt and the grasslands are riverine pasture.
pH is fairly consistent at around 6 to 6.5. Lack of organic material in the topsoil layer is a consistent issue throughout the property. We have added hundreds of metres of organic mulch.