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Description & Photos
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Garden Notes
The Garden Notes are written by the garden owners and often tell the story of their garden. We try to provide Garden Notes ahead of the opening for every garden, but unfortunately this is not always possible. Garden Notes will usually be available in the week prior to the garden opening and will remain available online after the garden has opened. A list of available Garden Notes (in pdf format) can be found by using the 'Notes' link next to each garden or the link below.
Bushfire Information
With summer upon us and the bushfire season underway we strongly recommend that you check your local fire service website prior to travelling to gardens in fire prone areas. Cancellations due to bushfires will be listed here as soon as possible.
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes




April    Saturday 4 and Sunday 5
Back Lake Click here
Back Lake
The rammed earth house is perfectly sited to overlook the central feature of the garden: the beautiful lake. Local volcanic rock used for drystone walls and at the entrance is very effective, as is the simple bold scale of the garden with its wonderful swathes of repeat plantings. Vegetables, orchard.
Notes 264 Wiggins Rd, Scotsburn 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Southernby Park Click here
Southernby Park
A waterwise garden featuring succulents, natives, roses, bulbs, bamboos and other hardy species in a colourful, cottage-style garden beneath deciduous trees. Themed areas include aloes, silver-blue foliage and colour co-ordinated plantings. Many plants salvaged or given by friends; clever use of found objects. Fruit trees, vegetables, hens.
Notes 599 Slate Quarry Rd, Meredith 10am-4.30pm $8.00
April    Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
Harry's Garden Click here
Harry's Garden
An Australian native garden designed by Phillip Johnson. At the front a memorial garden recreates a peaceful bush setting and includes a delightful pond with small waterfalls. A fern walkway leads to a billabong surrounded by gums, banksias and native wildflowers. Lovely murals, hand-made gate.
Live classical music at times during the weekend

Photo courtesy of: Claire Takacs
Notes 10 Hesleden St, Essendon 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Nonesuch Click here
An enticing formal walkway of magnificent espaliered copper beeches, standard roses and box hedge pyramids leads to handsome iron gates. Beyond this is a garden where mature trees and shrubs in their autumn finery shelter creative and eclectic plantings. A weeping willow shades Japanese maples; lake with small island.
Paintings and prints for sale in chapel
Notes 150 Hereford Rd, Lilydale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Garden of Hope Click here
Garden of Hope
Garden designer Jacquie Chirgwin has used a formal axial design balanced by deep curved shrubberies and lovely vistas over bushland. Paths wind past prolific plantings of roses, clematis, Japanese anemones, grasses, succulents, salvias, geraniums and coleus. Wonderful autumn colour from maples and golden ashes, and the red berries of dogwoods.
Notes 2 Jura Crt, Park Orchards 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kristie's Bouquet Click here
Kristie's Bouquet
A spacious garden of great diversity and a focus on sustainable practices. Mature trees shelter beds featuring an eclectic mix of bird-attracting natives and massed colourful perennials including 80 species of salvias. Fruit trees, vegetables, herbs. Many plants grown from cuttings and seeds. Composting and recycling.
Notes 11 Forge Rd, Mount Evelyn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Broughton Hall Click here
Broughton Hall
A magnificent formal garden beautifully sited to enjoy spectacular views. Broad terraces feature architectural focal points and manicured hedges enclosing massed roses and perennials. A central path ends in a place for quiet reflection and enjoyment of the view. Rare plants, dramatic foliage contrasts, deciduous trees, birch groves.

Visit their website
Notes 125 Palmer Rd, Jindivick 10am-4.30pm $10.00
April    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19
Cancelled opening
The Mosaic Garden
Giufre garden Click here
Giufre garden
The effective use of many native and indigenous plants has overcome difficult terrain and soil conditions. Eucalypts and indigenous species shelter grevilleas, acacias, eremophilas, correas, alyogynes, Geraldton wax, hakeas, banksias and massed grasses. Pretty courtyard of potted plants. Mosaic dragon, fruit trees, vegetables, dam and small pond.
Notes 150 Wattletree Rd, Hurstbridge 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Sam Cox's garden Click here
Sam Cox's garden
Garden designer Sam Cox's own welcoming natural-style Australian native garden uses Castlemaine slate paving to link the mudbrick house to the garden and surrounding bushland. A beautiful waterhole, edged with boulders and aquatic plants and fed by a waterway, nestles into the landscape. Waterfall and pond shaded by angophora and lemon-scented gums. Highly effective repeat plantings and massed chrysocephalums, goodenias and correas. Vegetables, chickens, alpacas. Nine-acre revegetated area with dam and woodland.
Garden talks by Sam at 11am & 2pm (including information on natural filtration swimming pools. CFA sausage sizzle
Notes 12 Lorimer Rd, Wattle Glen 10am-4.30pm $8.00
La Serre Click here
La Serre
Exciting young garden where large sculptures and strong architectural statements support diverse plantings of excellent drought-tolerant species. Mature eucalypts, golden elm and oaks shelter deep borders of native grasses, agaves, aloes and Abyssinian banana palms framed by masses of succulents. Young contempary vegetable garden overlooking a newly completed lake with fire pit and chooks in the background.
Wine tastings
Notes 41 Barretts Rd, Langwarrin South 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Telopea Gardens Click here
Telopea Gardens
A natural amphitheatre design provides vistas of the contrasting foliage shapes, colours, tones and textures of this expansive informal garden. Numerous paths meander down past a diverse range of exotic and native trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and succulents with rare, interesting, unusual or unique specimens revealed around every corner.
Dance performances at 11am and 2pm both days. Guided tours of installations
Notes 80 Beaconsfield-Emerald Rd, Emerald 10am-4.30pm $8.00
April    Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
Crooked Road Estate Click here
Crooked Road Estate
A remarkable garden displaying a deep knowledge of how to grow plants outside their natural climatic zones. At its heart is a huge organic vegetable garden which includes 100 fruit trees. Fifty varieties of palms; rare and endangered plants from all over the world. Magnolias, maples, oaks and Australian natives.
Guided walks at 11am and 2pm each day. Olive oil sales (home of 'Ben Hur' and 'Kolossus' olives).
Notes 126 Crooked Rd, Romsey 10am-4.30pm $8.00
May    Saturday 2 and Sunday 3
Warrawee Gardens Click here
Warrawee Gardens
A thoughtful planting design maximises vistas throughout this young garden. A sunken circular lawn is embraced by shrubs, conifers and deciduous trees including many unusual maples providing glorious autumn colour. Hundreds of native shrubs, especially grevilleas, provide food for birds and bees. Orchard, vegetables, chooks.
Pirate Ship playground for children
Notes 24 Warrawee Ave, Beaconsfield 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Warrawong Click here
A steep block has been sensitively developed in a series of broad terraces, allowing views of the young garden from the Alistair Knox house. Gravel paths link garden beds; bluestone and brick paths link the different levels. Yellow box trees shelter grevilleas, correas, eremophilas, indigenous acacias, cherry ballart and goodenias.
Artwork for sale
Notes 63 Luck St, Eltham 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Overnewton Castle Click here
Overnewton Castle
Boston ivy clings to the 1849 house modelled on a traditional Scottish castle. Beautiful cypresses, an avenue of olives and a venerable old oak in its autumn glory date from the 1850s. Now restored to its 1920s condition, wide lawns hold pretty flower beds backed by camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Art show, sausage sizzle, market stalls. Treasure hunt for children. Tour of the castle $15pp.

Visit their website
Notes 51 Overnewton Rd, Keilor 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Narbethong Farm Click here
Narbethong Farm
A long driveway of mature trees and post-and-rail fences leads into a magnificent garden of stately trees complemented by newer plantings. Several acres of green lawns weave around glorious trees and shrubs underplanted with perennials and groundcovers. Conifers, birches, maples, dogwoods, beeches, rhododendrons, parterre garden, olive grove, lake. Exceptional autumn colour.
Notes 551 Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong 10am-4.30pm $10.00
May    Sunday 10
Cruden Farm
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Cruden Farm
A wonderful opportunity to visit the renowned garden of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in all its magnificent autumnal splendour. Dame Elisabeth came to Cruden Farm as a young bride more than 80 years ago, and her legacy remains with her skilful garden design. Beautiful herbaceous borders, the famous avenue of lemon-scented gums, the picking garden, shrub walks, tree-shaded lawns and the landscaped lake are all harmoniously blended with the surrounding countryside.
Guided garden tours at 12.30pm and 3pm. Talks at 11am by Professor Gini Lee on 'The landscape and the gardener; a ramble through Cruden Farm's favourite places'.

Please note that buses must pre-book. See event details for information
Notes Cranhaven Rd, Langwarrin 10am-4.30pm $15.00
May    Saturday 30 and Sunday 31
Tugurium Click here
Stephen Ryan rarely opens his extraordinary garden in winter so this is a wonderful opportunity to see the bones of the garden with its textures, structural foliage, deciduous plant framework and winter blooms. Two ponds with interesting marginal plantings; boardwalk. Plant Trust collections of Sambucus and Acanthus.
Botanical art display and sales. Talks at 11am and 2pm: 'Plants for colour and structure in winter'
Notes 8 Centenary Ave, Macedon 10am-4.30pm $8.00
June    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14
Changed date: see 30-31 May
June    Saturday 27 and Sunday 28
Cancelled opening
Cancelled opening
Wilton Park

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