Product of the Week – Recycled Bluestone

Your garden is not just a mass of plants (or maybe it is?).  The built forms, pavement, structure, furniture, pots and implements of your garden are what make it unique and truly yours.

So we celebrate the products that enhance your garden, or make life easier for you to keep it looking great.

Product of the Week – Recycled Bluestone

Author: Amy Davidson

What product could be more iconic in Melbourne gardens than the recycled bluestone pitcher?

The bluestone foundations of Melbourne’s Princes Bridge (Via http://www.bcl.com.au)

Think of the solid walls of historical Melbourne landmarks such as the Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Town Hall, Pentridge Prison or the St Kilda Road Barracks.  Wander the laneways our city is famous for, and beneath your feet are this beautiful stone.

(www.melbourneheritage.org.au)

The use of bluestone in Melbourne goes back to the mid-nineteenth century.  As the city grew, public buildings and facilities were being built and roads and laneways were being sealed to accommodate heavier traffic and improve drainage.  Due to the location of ancient basaltic lava flows to the west of Melbourne there was a readily available, strong, relatively smooth and hard-wearing material that was perfect for the task.

“Bluestone burial marker of Alfred Archer (located in sea wall on Beaumaris foreshore), executed 21.11.1898, Melbourne. Heritage Victoria collection.”

Bluestone was often quarried by convict labour (the irony of prisoners cutting bluestone blocks to form the walls of their own prisons is inescapable).

A Bluestone pitcher driveway feature in ‘Australian Garden Design’ by Ellis Stones

From a landscaping point of view, bluestone pitchers (or blocks) provide a wonderful solution to many situations.

Whilst the pitchers are heavy, they are easy to lay, don’t require a concrete footing and look great as they age.  I personally love using this material and contemplating the history of each pitcher

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