Architecture, Art, Photography, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne’s Own Monet’s Gardens

This week I have had to look at many architectural buildings and one that came up that I realised I had never been too was Ripponlea.  It is a National Trust site, and a really spectacular building.  So I went there to check it out.  We walked around going, OMG, OMG, OMG.  We hadn’t planned on staying long, but after being there for only 15 minutes we knew we would have to come back and visit again when we had a lot more time.

I took many photos, but today I am going to show you the photos I took of the gardens, and tomorrow the photos I got of the house and buildings around it.  I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the gardens were, and as soon as I saw the lake, all I could think of was Monet, and his garden.  I thought to myself, we have our own here, I don’t know why there aren’t lots of en plein air painters around the lake painting.  It was so beautiful.

A very busy weekend for me, so please enjoy the photos I have prepared for you from the gardens of Ripponlea.


  1. It’s one of my ambitions to visit this gorgeous garden one day. In the meantime I will enjoy your photos Leanne. I’m looking forward to seeing your next post.

  2. Fantastic Leanne! I like to photograph gardens as well so its great to see an Aussie one especially in the opposite season. I long for spring and the sight and fragrance of wisteria. Love the arum lilies around the lake as well.

    • Thank you, this one was looking fantastic for spring, you have a way to go before your spring, but I am sure it will be there before you know it. I liked the lilies around the lake as well, they gave it a very nice edge.

  3. What a beautiful place … I can see myself enjoy hours here in company with my little camera too. Your gallery is just amazing.

      • My little town is spoiled with beautiful parks … always amazed about what I find to capture – the whole year around.

  4. I saw a snippet of your post early this morning, and couldn’t wait to get time to come back and see the whole thing…Oh MY, what a fabulous place! I’m enraptured…can’t wait to see more!

    • So glad you found the time, I thought you would like these, it is a fantastic place, I could spend hours there, and hope to do so in the future. Many happy hours with my camera. Thank you, another post today on the outside of the house.

  5. This is a place I would love to visit. I love Monet’s paintings and it would be beautiful to experience a recreation of the setting found in his paintings. Beautiful photos Leanne.

    • I don’t know if it is a recreation, but it gives you that idea of what his gardens must be like, I have never seen them, but this is so pretty and here, I can’t believe how long it has taken me to go there. Thank you Colline.

  6. littlepinkdove says

    What a lovely place! It’s a photographer’s dream! Can’t wait to see the buildings too.

    • I have to agree with you have said, it is a photographers dream, the buildings are up now, I hope you managed to see them. Thank you.

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  8. It looks lovely. I’m looking at your posts in reverse order, so I saw the buildings first – they make even more sense in the context of the gardens. Again, beautifully shot.

  9. WOW! What an amazing place! Great photographs :D Someday when I come to visit your country you’ll have to take me to this place so I can get awesome pictures as well! HAHA

    • It would be a pleasure to show you around Amanda, would love it. This place was a real surprise, great one though. Thanks

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