Spring has sprung

By Melissa Walsh    Photos Yanni

Claude Monet said “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” and one cannot help but think that Clive and Penny Blazey must feel exactly the same, after spending years creating their stunning property, Heronswood and then gifting it as a legacy and tribute to their love of gardening.

When you enter the historic gardens and homestead in Dromana, you are entering a privileged space. The gardens at the Gothic revival house in Dromana date back to the 1860’s and are home to heirloom seed supplier, the Diggers Club.

With the spirit firmly anchored in gardening, education and heritage buildings, Clive and Penny established the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust to ensure that the good work continues, and gifted ownership of their highly successful garden company, along with family-owned properties Heronswood and St Erth, to The Diggers Foundation (formerly the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust) in 2011.

“We established The Diggers Foundation to ensure that the work we’ve done over more than 30 years in preserving historic gardens and houses as well as the best garden traditions through education will continue forever,” said Clive.

On October 7,  Heronswood is holding an All-day Intensive-Spring Vegie Patch, demonstrating how to get a backyard vegetable patch started properly. In the full day ‘start to finish’ workshop, you will be instructed on how to start growing all your own food at home.

Heronswood is at 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana.
Phone 5984 7321.

First published in Peninsula Essence – September 2018