Green and Growing
There’s a fabulous little plant nursery in Richmond, called the Glasshaus, which has an extraordinary range of plants carefully chosen to service every need from gift-giving to a grand design.
That’s at Stanley Street, tucked with economical abundance between a couple of terrace houses.
For guests at 381 Cremorne, who may just like to browse among greenery that is as fine as a work of art, there’s an indoor version, in an old brick warehouse fronting 44 Cremorne Street.
From the road, it’s fairly anonymous and a bit plain. Step inside and you are in an oasis of colour. This is a beautiful and vibrant space, a mini botanical garden.
You’ll find tiny pockets of green throughout Richmond, as well as some surprising wide open spaces in the parks over on the eastern edge of the precinct, but remember, too, you’re very close to the Yarra and you can drop down to the Yarra Trail very simply from your base at 381 Cremorne, by following Cremorne Street until Bent Street, then cutting in to Cubitt Street and under the rail bridge.
One of the nicest spots to sit and rest a moment is in the space around St Ignatius Church, which fronts busy Church Street but backs onto The Vaucluse. This is a lovely precinct that is quiet and secluded, even though it’s just a minute or two from Bridge Road to the north and Swan Street to the south.
This is a highly recommended route if you’re heading out of 381 Cremorne towards Bridge Road: go down Swan Street until you come to Waverley or Docker Street and cut in until you reach the grounds of St Ignatius. This Jesuit church is, by the way, one of the earliest built in Australia.