Visiting Inverawe Native Gardens

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View down to the river at Inverawe Native Gardens
View down to the river at Inverawe Native Gardens

We visited many beautiful locations on our recent Tasmanian holiday, including Inverawe Native Gardens. Located 15mins South of Hobart, this is described as the largest native garden in Tasmania.

9.5 Hectares in size, the garden shows to full effect how beautiful native plants can be. With a wide range of species, plants are in flower throughout the year, alongside wonderful foliage effects.

Native plants provide a great variety of foliage, in many shades of green.
Native plants provide a great variety of foliage, in many shades of green.

For us, the garden was very inspirational. While our native back garden is only 100m2, there were a lot of ideas that we could take away.

What resonated with us was the “overplanting” that featured throughout the garden. Rather than each plant being “featured” in a sea of mulch, dense planting creates a seamless block of plants, with intermingling textures and colours.

'Overplanting' means plants grow together to create a dense mix of textures.
‘Overplanting’ means plants grow together to create a dense mix of textures.

This is the effect we’re aiming for in our ‘mini bush block’ at the back of the house. Talking with Bill Chestnut, the owner of Inverawe, he was quick to highlight the benefits, such as the lack of weeding required.

Native plants are very comfortable being planted densely.
Native plants are very comfortable being planted densely.

We’d highly recommend visiting this spectacular garden when in Tasmania, and thanks to Bill for answering all our questions during the visit. Hopefully it will survive this week’s bushfires!

There's a path in here somewhere! :-)
There’s a path in here somewhere! 🙂
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