Gardens Of Richmond | Economy House

22 Franklin Street, Richmond

Saturday, Feb 24

Sunday, Feb 25

Booking required

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Architect/s: Unknown (1832-1850)

Economy House sits on land granted to Joseph Ellerby, pensioner of the 83rd Regiment, in April 1832. Originally a butcher’s shop, it later became private residence. The property’s name is thought to have come from a cartage contractor who owned it at the turn of the twentieth century, carting good to an ‘economy’ depot in Hobart. The property has passed through many hands over the decades with links to some significant local and more broadly known names, including: Paramore, Butcher, Moran, Grice, Crowther, Wiggins, and Griffiths.

It was purchased in 1975 by the current owners, Bevis and Jan Ross. When the Rosses bought the house, it was dilapidated and suffering from insensitive alterations. They commenced a decades-long restoration process that included replastering walls, reinstating the attic windows, lining rooms with Baltic pine and upgrading kitchen and bathroom facilities. The restored and updated house is a delightful reflection of its heritage combined with contemporary family requirements.

The Rosses started their garden with a blank canvas, which included several neglected paddocks. Their aim was to create a family-friendly garden for all to enjoy: an area was dedicated to games of cricket and football, there’s a magnificent climbing tree, a cubby house, workshop, and plenty of room for pets. The garden has evolved over the years as garden rooms were created garden, productive and decorative plantings established, and display items were collected, inherited and made.

Come and have a peak at this sprawling delight and catch a behind-the-scenes walk through the grounds.

Garden Opening Times: Saturday, 24 & Sunday 25 February, 1  pm– 4 pm

Note: This is a general open; however, you must register to attend the property.

Access: accessible, level surfaces, gravel paths

Open House Richmond Experience 

Bevis and Jan have created a garden oasis on their large block. They are engaging, informal and entertaining speakers. Both are heavily involved in community service ensuring the added advantage of providing community context. Join the owners for a behind-the-scenes walk through their gardens as they explain their approach to the garden and the house renovations.




Richmond | Coal River Valley

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