Find your Zen (and get back to nature) at Heide’s New Healing Garden
The Heide Museum of Modern Art covers 16 hectares of parkland in Bulleen.
But while it already looked like some sort of escape from the daily grind, he just opened a healing garden inspired by the founder’s passion for gardening.
“For Sunday Reed, who founded Heide with her husband John, gardening went hand in hand with art, poetry, cooking, love and life,” said Heide’s artistic director Lesley Harding in a statement. “His garden was a creative outlet and a place of respite and renewal.
“Like Sunday, Heide’s team today recognizes that gardens and nature can help improve people’s well-being and restore a sense of balance, which will be especially important now and in the months to come. . ”
While we’ve left the lockdown behind – hopefully for many – many of its effects persist. Getting back to normal, while exciting, can be intimidating, exhausting, and even anxiety-provoking. So if you need to slow down, breathe, and find your zen, do it here.
The rambling circular garden, designed by talented landscape architectural firm Openwork, is divided into six sections, many under lush, towering eucalyptus trees. And it builds on the existing vegetable garden planted next to Cottage Heide.
You are greeted with Scented Entries, a group of fragrant plants that are fragrant all year round. Then there is a sensory vegetable garden; a play garden with a field of textured plants and a large geological water table; and a hardened bush filled with edible and healing native plants. At The Meadow you’ll find a selection of herbaceous plants, while the inspiration for The Wild Garden was taken from the cottage, its climbing wall with roses.
Trails wind through each of the sections, but there are also plenty of places to sit, including benches made from limestone remnants of Heide’s construction.