Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Flowers: Happy Birthday Dame Elisabeth

This Friday I wanted to honour a garden hero of mine, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.
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She just celebrated her 103rd birthday on Wednesday. Her attitude to life is quite amazing, but her love of her garden at Cruden Farm in Victoria is what I find most inspiring.
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Photo credit: Simon Griffiths 

I found out about the garden at Cruden Farm when I was looking for ideas for trees to line our driveway. The iconic photograph of the lemon-scented gums (Eucalyptus citriodora) along the drive at Cruden Farm popped up. I was immediately intrigued. I was given the full colour photograph book Garden of a Lifetime for Christmas, and I was smitten. To see a paddock transform into this grand garden over 84 years is quite inspiring.
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All other images sourced from www.crudenfarm.com.au

I would love to go and visit one day.

5 comments:

ally said...

I would love to visit there too
Mainly for that avenue of trees
But the rest is pretty special too :-)

Sarah B said...

Wow, 103, that's impressive! It just shows how good gardening for you. What a beautiful property.

My Secret Rooms said...

Wow, that sure does look great! I'd love a garden like that :-)

Posie Patchwork said...

I know, 103 years old, she's quite the matriach!!
As for tree lined driveways, my grandfather was a gardener in England & we'd visit many estates he'd worked on & to see the trees he planted down the driveways, so tall & grand, it was a man's life work, just incredible. I hope the people living in those homes, driving down those long grand driveways each day, know a wonderful man named Sidney planted them with such love & heart. Love Posie

Little Nan said...

Me and Nan went along to an open garden at Cruden Farm a few years ago and met Dame Elisabeth herself! She was just delightful and her passion for her garden was infectious! And those lemon scented gums...the smell was just amazing!

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