Gallery Heronswood

Gallery Heronswood was opened in September 2017 as part of the Diggers Foundation's mission of conservation, preservation and education of heirloom seeds, historic buildings and gardens.

The Gallery is housed in the recently restored original building at Heronswood – the drop slab cottage dating back to 1864 and comprises 3 rooms.

The Sculpture Room is dominated by a magnificent 3 metre high resin sculpture by Kate Rohde and is the artists interpretation of the story of pollination, which is depicted using neon -coloured flowers, vegetables, birds, bees and insects. The flowering plants include the titan arum which is the centrepiece along with orchids, lilies, foxgloves, brugmansias, cacti, roses, , strawberries, cherries, zucchinis, pumpkins, melons and tomatoes.

The Heirloom Room houses a collection of 90 open-pollinated heirloom fruit and vegetables that were selected and grown by the Diggers Club, moulds made by Peter Revelman from Paradoxx and then beautifully painted using oils by artist Karen Lloyd-Jones. The replicas are so perfectly presented that they appear to be real. So far this collection includes pumpkins, melons, tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and cucumbers.

The Audio Visual Room is a quiet space for visitors to sit and watch 2 short videos about seed saving and pollination. An edited version of Seed – The Untold Story movie tells seed saving stories and traditions from around the globe and the urgency in protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. The pollination video is a light-hearted and entertaining video about the sex life of plants by performance artists The Huxleys.

Clive Blazey, Founder of the Diggers Club and Chair of the Diggers Foundation says “Kate’s brief was to tell the story behind the creation of seeds and to explain the evolutionary connection between plant-sex, pollination and seed formation. That enabled us to extend the seed story into art, hence the building is called a Gallery, compared with the science focus of a museum. We hope that with a Gallery, a garden an historic building to dine in and a new garden shop open to everyone, we will inspire visitors to come to Heronswood and sow, grow and share heirloom seeds and join in their preservation.”

The Diggers Foundation

Clive and Penny Blazey, founders of the Diggers Club, gifted ownership of their highly successful garden company along with family-owned properties Heronswood and St Erth to the Diggers Foundation 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.

The Foundation strives to conserve historic gardens, buildings and cultural heritage and to protect heirloom seeds.

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As part of Heronswood Gallerys exploration of pollination and seeds The Huxleys have put together a light-hearted and creative interpretation of the sex life of plants on display at Heronswood Gallery, please be warned if you are sensitive about the birds and the bees, save this politically incorrect interpretation for another time

Contact Heronswood

Heronswood, 105 Latrobe Parade
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

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Gardens, Gallery, Nursery and Shop:
03 5984 7321

Open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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Entry into Heronswood Gardens, Gallery and Restaurant is free for Diggers members and children under 16, and $10 for visitors. There is no entry charge to visit the shop.*

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Fork To Fork Restaurant: 03 5984 7318
Open 7 days a week from 10am - 4pm.

*Heronswood is closed Good Friday, Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day. Open from 1pm on Anzac day.
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