Open Garden at Victoria and Albert Town Residence in East Melbourne

An opportunity to explore this unique apartment building in East Melbourne – within walking distance of the CBD - and see how horticultural skills have been applied to bring this challenging environment to life. The building comprises 144 apartments and includes two superb garden courtyards, each of 1,600 square metres. The garden areas are built on top of the buildings’ carpark – so technically they are roof gardens. The shallow soil structure consists of 100 to 300 millimetres with poor drainage. The garden is shaded for extended periods from the surrounding apartment buildings. Most areas receive an average of 2.5 hours of sun per day. The garden is designed to be viewed from above and provide 365 days of viewing pleasure through continual seasonal interest. Plants are arranged and sculpted to provide green screening for the ground floor apartments. Mixed planting of perennials and herbs abound, while the succulents have been manipulated to introduce a playful element to the garden. Large trees have been planted in containers throughout and add to the delight of this extraordinary urban space.

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