Timandra Garden is an accredited Nature Ecotourism tourist attraction with ATAP Quality Tourism covering over 1 acre of natural garden.
My husband David and I (Alison) have been opening gardens to the public, now 4 of them, through the Australian Open Garden Scheme (AOGS) for many years for local charities. Our involvement with this national scheme was considerable, and we had a great following. The AOGS has since folded and we now open our current garden in Narrawong as a tourist attraction. Called Timandra Garden by the Sea, this garden is unlike any previously owned by us. It is unlike any traditional garden because of its strong sustainability factor. I have been told that it is ‘bespoke’.
I am a multi-award winning landscape designer, specialising in sustainable landscapes. Our business Timandra Design & Landscaping was first registered in 1995, but I had been designing, growing and showing gardens for 10 years prior to that. It must be obvious by now, that there’s a real gardening passion here? Plants are essential to a well-designed sustainable garden. This can be seen in Timandra, with vastly different soils over it’s more than 1 acre site, enabling a broad range of different plants. This enables biodiversity, one of the core markers of a sustainable garden, to flourish. Birds and marsupials are plentiful. We have breeding koalas in Timandra – and we just love them! There is a steep slope in the middle of the garden, with the top and bottom sections flat. Please be aware of this for people who are less physically able. The steps are wide which makes them easier to use, but once you get down, you then have to get up.
A comment in the Visitor’s Book states: “More Botanic Garden than a Botanic Garden”, because of the diversity of plant material. Timandra is a place of learning for those interested in sustainable or natural gardens. Because of the number of trees which have now grown into big specimens, the garden needed to be viewed differently than a traditional garden. Climate change mitigation is enabled with the use of these trees which reduces the environmental impacts more than traditional gardens, helping to sequester carbon dioxide. That means a lot to me as an avowed environmentalist. From the road, Timandra appears as a ‘secret garden’. The gate is closed to stop stray dogs from entering the koala and bird sanctuary.
Within Timandra Garden can be found the ‘Alison Aplin Art Gallery’, showcasing my bold and colourful abstract art. More about this can be viewed at www.alisonaplinart.com.au. The art gallery cum working studio is open by appointment or with all group bookings. Prints of works that have proven popular are also available for sale. Most artists are reserved about their art, wondering how it will be perceived to the public. I am one of those, hoping that you will enjoy my artistic diversion from the garden.
David and I welcome all visitors to our garden.
♦TIMANDRA AT A GLANCE♦
1. Winning garden entry for Timandra Design & Landscaping in Landscaping Victoria awards in 2014
3. Timandra are multi-award winning sustainable landscape designers; Alison is a specialist in this field
4. Accredited with Ecotourism – Australia’s only Ecotourism garden
5. Accredited with ATAP Quality Tourism
6. Over an acre of intensive planting
7. “More Botanic Garden than a Botanic Garden” was written in the Visitor’s Book
8. Timandra Garden offers patrons Ecotourism accredited professional guided tours with Alison lasting for 1 hour. This can be followed by Devonshire Teas. Bookings are essential.
see http://timandrabythesea.com.au/ecotourism-guided-tours/ for more informaton about the guided tours and Devonshire Teas.
9. Various tours and events can be seen on the Intimate Garden Gatherings page.
Please refer to the Open Garden page for prices and more information.
Timandra Garden won in 2014, the gold award with Landscaping Victoria for ‘The Sustainable Landscape’. My business, Timandra Design & Landscaping has won many awards in both South Australia and Victoria. This site can be found at www.timandra.com.au. The winning garden in 2014 was ‘The Narrawong Project’ which is Timandra Garden by the Sea. Alison