Lavandula is full of the aged elements that Brendan loves, weathered wood, patinae metal and mature plants.
The property was established in 1850's by an Italian-speaking Swiss family, the Tinetti family, who came to the area in search of gold. The farm and gardens were built up over the years and the current owners bought the property from descendants of the original family after 150 years. When Carol White bought the property it had been unoccupied for 30 years and she has been devoted in her efforts to restore and extend the scope of the buildings and planting.
It's not just the garden and buildings that create a sense of history but the little details that catch the eye, the honey coloured glow of weathered stone, the textured rust of old metal, the silvery gleam of weathered wood. None of these details are affectation, they are merely the beautiful result of the reaction of these natural materials to weather and the passage of time.
Lavandula is truly an inspirational aged garden. It is the result of over 150 years of planting and cultivation. It is as far from fashion and fads as it is possible to be. Its beauty is both unique and timeless, there is no way to replicate the charm that is derived from exquisite planting and a lifetime of care.
People are welcome to wonder the property, bring a picnic or eat at La Trattoria Restaurant. Children can play boule or seek out the local wildlife that thrive on the farm.
Lavandula is open 10.30am-5.30pm.
From 1 September to 31 May: open daily.
In June/July/August: weekends only, Queens' Birthday Monday and Victorian school holidays.
The Café is closed in August.
The Farm is closed 24 and 25 December.