You don’t visit the Grounds of Alexandria, you experience it. Encompassing a smattering of individual sub-venues, The Grounds is a planet within a city. A farm within a warehouse. A garden within a coffee school. A florist within a restaurant. And so much more.
Consequently, adventures at The Grounds require a generous allocation of time, because a prominent part of your experience here is about exploration and discovery. And finding a car park. Sprawling across a huge expanse of land in a very industrial setting of warehouses, factories, businesses and their associated traffic, it is a patch of beauty within a hub of industry.
And yet, The Grounds is an industry in itself. You’ll find the café, and Garden BBQ, Coffee Academy and Roastery, The Potting Shed Bar/Restaurant, The Atrium and other events venues, as well as a Florist. Mercifully, there are lovely rustic signposts everywhere to aide your wanderings.
The divine aesthetic of each pocket of this parallel universe is modelled around a theme of rustic, earthy beauty sprouting from a gritty urban base. Joy of joys, a major design component is the use of glorious greenery: an abundance of hanging plants, rough and rambling garden beds of shrubbery and herbs, delicate vines clambering over rusted metal framework and some sensible, structured hedging too.
Beautiful vintage vignettes are peppered all around. Weathered tin jugs, rusty wagons bedded with hay and filled with old farm knickknacks, crates, scales, scythes, mailboxes, watering cans.
And as the icing on the cake of this rural-inspired design, there’s a pony, pig (aptly named Kevin Bacon), chooks, and even a macaw – all forming part of the endlessly fascinating package – as is an old farm flat bed truck filled with pumpkins, produce and hay. It’s literally a rural oasis in the city, an earthy retreat sprinkled with fairylights and framed by heaving road arteries.
GO HERE IF
You can switch on to country time and spare a few hours of delightful exploring to properly experience this extraordinary place.
SIX WORD SUMMARY
Farm Freshness In Rustic City Oasis