Enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Convent as well as the site’s heritage-listed garden, dating back to 1902. Volunteers are now helping to restore the garden, recreating the garden as it was in the early 1960s when it was run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The design of the formal garden is reminiscent of the naturalistic style popular at the time in England and Australia and seen in Guilfoyle's layout of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Join Simon Taylor, the Convent’s Head Gardener and Landscape Architect, who is also an artist, as he discusses the garden’s history as well as his plans for its sustainable future.
Tours are at 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Please select your preference time.
This tour is presented as part of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation's flagship multi-arts event, Open Spaces 2016. Tickets to tours include general entry to Open Spaces – simply show your tour ticket at the gate upon arrival. Without a prepurchased ticket, general entry to Open Spaces is $2 at the gate (children under 5 are free). For more information, please see the Abbotsford Convent's website.