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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
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

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Address

Hours

Fee

November    Saturday 22 and Sunday 23
Kerry's garden Click here
Kerry's garden
A contemporary Australian plant garden with an innovative mix of native plants integrated with carefully selected exotic shrubs and perennials. From the entrance, curving paths visit formal and informal planting areas. Grasses, kangaroo paws, gymea lilies and strelitzias all add interesting colours and textures. The rear garden, approached past a densely treed area and a rocky island bed, contains pretty perennials and hedges of rosemary, bay and pleached olive trees. Lovely compact vegetable and herb gardens, each with spiral stepping stones, complete the discoveries and surprises throughout this cleverly planned and creative garden.
Notes 27 Como St, Alphington 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Hazel's Garden Click here
Hazel's Garden
Rick Eckersley has designed an enclosed leafy garden around two original Spotted Gums and a dogwood. Natural stone, generous beds and curved gravel paths give a sense of space against deep shrubberies. A creeper-clad pergola surrounded by daphnes, oak-leaf hydrangeas, cordylines, liriope and hellebores creates a relaxed woodland feel.
The opening is supporting Cottage by the Sea
Notes 53 Croydon Rd, Surrey Hills 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Furness garden Click here
Furness garden
This eclectic rambling garden starts with native verge plantings which lead into a front garden of grass trees, yuccas, natives, succulents and an old peach tree. The back garden successfully combines spaces for plants, dogs and chooks: sitting areas, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, a tropical garden and pond.
Notes 258 Mansfield St, Thornbury 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Brighton Paradise Click here
Brighton Paradise
A young Australian plant garden designed by Phillip Johnson is cleverly integrated with the contemporary house. Mature exotic trees cool the lush informal plantings and entertainment areas that flow out from the house. Natural pool with waterfall and reed bed filter system. Vertical garden, fernery, vegetable garden.
Photo courtesy of: Clair Takacs
Notes 24 Glencairn Ave, Brighton East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Dunns Creek Estate Click here
Dunns Creek Estate
An historic rambling garden whose owners have created an extensive wetlands fed by natural springs. Boardwalks and gravel paths wind past self-sown native plants which are a habitat for swamp wallabies, frogs and 80 bird species. Magnificent pair of 150-year-old English oaks. Orchard, vegetables, vineyard. Alpacas, goats, sheep, chooks.
Bushland and wetland walks. Wine tastings, produce stall. Feeding the animals

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Notes 137 McIlroys Rd, Red Hill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Currawong Cottage Click here
Currawong Cottage
This delightful and interesting garden features many treasures cleverly incorporated into the small space. Mature trees shelter layers of shrubs, salvias, bromeliads, scabiosa and clusters of skilfully placed succulents. Heliotrope, lemon verbena, rose arches. Small vegetable garden; fruit trees.
African drummer on Sunday
Notes 59 Yarraview Rd, Yarra Glen 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Station Master's Cottage
$12 both gardens or $7 one garden
Station Master's Cottage Click here
Station Master's Cottage
An entrance arbour of pussy willows leads into a charming and tranquil small garden designed for easy maintenance. Abundant plantings of delightful cottage favourites are complemented by layers of colourful perennials and roses. Two raised vegetable gardens in metal containers.
Notes 25 Oliver St, Yarra Glen 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Currawong Cottage
$12 both gardens or $7 one garden
Bourke Farm Click here
Bourke Farm
An extraordinary garden designed to showcase a collection of 30 sculpture pieces, beautifully placed throughout the garden and set against the spectacular backdrop of Corio Bay and the You Yangs. Predominantly indigenous species are combined with a number of interesting Australian plants to bring added complexity and texture.
Notes 2235 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine (near Drysdale) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Lark Edge Click here
Lark Edge
Mature shelterbelt plantings have created a hilltop oasis for a rambling organic garden. A 'village green' features lawns, shrubs, perennials, annuals and a rose-covered pergola. Beyond are more roses, mixed native and exotic plantings, a domestic vineyard, orchards and vegetable beds. Beautiful views across Corio Bay to the You Yangs.
Devonshire teas
Notes 2065 Portarlington Rd, Drysdale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November    Saturday 29 and Sunday 30
Boston House Click here
Boston House
Interesting plantings in a strong simple design enhance a 1923 house sheltered by a beautiful century-old elm. Layers of young trees, shrubs and underplantings include many unusual varieties. Davidia, dogwoods, cercis, maples, camellias, magnolias, viburnums, peonies and a Luculia gratissima. Sandstone-paved courtyard; low stone retaining walls.
Notes 9 Boston Rd, Balwyn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Banool Click here
Banool
The beautiful park-like garden, rejuvenated in recent years by Paul Bangay, is graced by mature pin oaks, liquidambars, copper beeches, American red oaks, magnolias, crepe myrtles and golden elms. Wide beds of primarily white flowers: viburnums, hellebores, David Austin roses, liliums and hydrangea hedges. Formal vegetable garden also designed by Paul Bangay.
Notes 57-59 Wonga Rd, North Ringwood 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Dalblair Click here
Dalblair
Handsome mature deciduous trees shelter woodland plantings in a delightful rambling cottage garden where meandering paths link expansive beds of shrubs and perennials. Spring-flowering clematis, irises, colour co-ordinated plantings of roses, and a large range of salvias. Fruit trees; vegetable garden.
Notes 65 Ducks Lane, Seville 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Heywood House Click here
Heywood House
A lemon grove, vineyard and mixed plantings of natives and exotics all contribute to a relaxed country garden enjoying wonderful views to Mount Dandenong and the Warburton Ranges. A large lake and pond reflect interesting garden art and the surrounding landscape.
Notes 50 Linwood Rd, Seville 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Barrington House Click here
Barrington House
A country-style garden boasting a large sunny lawn surrounded by borders containing exotic shrubs, roses, salvias, perennials and a collection of viburnums. Box-hedged roses and perennials provide a formal yet soft entrance to the house. Shady area with fine specimens of deciduous trees. Vegetable and herb garden.
Sandpit for children
Notes 63 Hunter Rd, Wandin 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Brim Brim Gardens Click here
Brim Brim Gardens
A leafy oasis of mature specimen trees dating from the 1850s encloses an old garden undergoing restoration. A large ornamental pond with bog garden is a dominant feature, complemented by rooms of carefully integrated plantings including rugosa, old-fashioned and modern roses. Stone-walled vegetable garden, orchard, croquet lawn, stunning views.
Devonshire teas

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Notes 901 Lal Lal St, Buninyong 10am-4.30pm $8.00
La Dolce Vita Click here
La Dolce Vita
An elegant and self-sufficient garden showcasing what can be achieved on a low budget by propagating plants and utilising local materials for construction. Irises, roses, bulbs, azaleas, viburnums and leptospermums provide spring colour, and the white crocus walk is a highlight in late summer. Extensive vegetable garden, chickens and covered orchard.
Local wine tastings; art exhibition and demonstrations. For children: play area, gnome and fairy garden
DIRECTIONS: From Yea take Maroondah Hwy to Merton; continue for 2.5km and turn left into North Creek Rd (picnic reserve on cnr); travel 5km and turn left into O'Briens Rd; garden further 2km. From Mansfield take Maroondah Hwy to Bonnie Doon; continue for 12.5km and turn right into North Creek Rd; proceed as above
Notes 252 O'Brien Rd, Ancona 10am-4.30pm $8.00
December    Saturday 6 and Sunday 7
Christmas Fair at Bolinda Vale
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Christmas Fair at Bolinda Vale
A stunning setting combines a beautiful 1878 house, a lovely traditional country garden, and a dramatic and exciting new area created by Phillip Johnson. There is a seamless transition from the older garden of roses, perennials, majestic oaks and sweeping lawns to the brilliant new Johnson garden. A visit will inspire. Guided tours by Phillip Johnson at 11am and 2pm.
Christmas Fair featuring home-made products and produce, BBQ, teas, coffee cart, Willie Wildlife Sculptures, and local wines and olive oils
Notes 1556 Lancefield Rd, Clarkefield 10am-4.30pm $12.00
January    Saturday 3 and Sunday 4
Yallambie Click here
Yallambie
A stunning, theatrical and enchanting garden with a relaxed design embracing lush plantings in a charming riverside setting. A central walled courtyard erupts in a dazzling summer display of dahlias, nasturtiums, zinnias and cosmos. Beautiful ornamental gates lead into cool green rooms featuring rare and unusual species beneath a leafy canopy.
Notes 510 Piries-Goughs Bay Rd, Piries (near Mansfield) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
January    Saturday 10 and Sunday 11
Angelo's Food Forest Click here
Angelo's Food Forest
A living example of the principles of permaculture gardening. Many varieties of fruit trees and 23 different types of berries jostle for space among unusual medicinal herbs, edible flowers and perennial root crops. Small ponds with edible water plants and tiny fish. Hydroponic vegetable beds.
Talks on permaculture gardening at 11.30am and 2.30pm each day

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Notes 53 Dundas St, Preston 10am-4.30pm $8.00
January    Saturday 24 and Sunday 25
Sunnymeade
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Sunnymeade
Gravel tracks lead through a field of native grasses to an open lawn and shrubs sheltering beneath local stringybarks. Beautiful stone walls soften the level changes around the house. Emu bushes clipped into ball shapes, beds of tough natives, vegetables and a Moonah forest. Grass sculptured effects on lawn.
Sausage sizzle; wine tastings
Notes 48 Harvey St, Anglesea noon-6.30pm $8.00
Ghazeepore
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Ghazeepore
Just minutes from Geelong is a romantic farm garden situated on a meandering creek. Against the beautiful backdrop of ancient Red Gums, winding paths lead to repeat plantings of hardy species that are proven performers. Small copse of Cork Oaks; raised vegetable beds; fruit trees.
Live jazz 2pm-5pm each day. Tours of revegetation belts along the creek at 1pm and 4pm each day
Notes 680 Ghazeepore Rd, Freshwater Creek noon-6.30pm $8.00
February    Sunday 8
Rose Creek: an Italian Paradise!
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Rose Creek: an Italian Paradise!
This fascinating and extensive Tuscan-style vegetable garden is at its best in February - and just a few minutes from the CBD! Chooks and beehives; an orchard featuring unusual varieties and many citrus. Adjoins the Sicilianos' vineyard and olive grove which produce wine and olive oil on site.
Wood-fired pizzas; home-made Italian sausages. Wine, olive oil and marinated olives for tastings and sales. Garden talks and tours at regular intervals. Live music. Baby animals for children to play with.
Notes 2 Craig St, Keilor East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
February    Saturday 14 and Sunday 15
Brookdale Farm Click here
Brookdale Farm
Dry-climate plantings are the hallmark of an inspiring collection of beautiful foliage plants including pollarded continus and eucalypts, succulents, grasses, perennials and shrubs. Summer herbaceous borders; large grass spiral planted with Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' and Miscanthus x giganteus. Mature oaks, beeches and birches underplanted with shade-tolerant species. Vegetables, raspberries, espaliered apples.
Notes 12 Charman Ave, Emerald 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Old Bakehouse Click here
The Old Bakehouse
A young garden combining ornamental plantings and highly productive areas. A shrub border at the entrance leads through to extensive plantings of grasses, shrubs and summer-flowering perennials. Native garden, orchard, vegetable garden, beehives and chooks, enclosed berry patch. Five acres of indigenous bushland.
Notes 467 Macclesfield Rd, Macclesfield 10am-4.30pm $8.00
February    Saturday 21 and Sunday 22
Fruits of the Earth: 253 Hoddle St Community Garden
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253 Hoddle St Community Garden
A lush urban oasis with a welcoming air, the garden demonstrates how productive gardening incorporating sustainable living practices is possible in a very small space. A large covered pergola creates a social centre for the gardeners, who grow a diverse array of organic vegetables and herbs. An innovative chicken house integrates green waste management.
BBQ 10am-2pm each day. Workshops.

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Notes 253 Hoddle St, Collingwood 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Fruits of the Earth: The Pomegranate Garden
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The Pomegranate Garden
The front of this very well-presented garden features box hedging and a wall built by the owner from local volcanic rock. The back garden is lushly planted with beautiful roses spilling over arches and fences, a bonsai collection, wisteria arch and summerhouse. Productive vegetable garden and fruit trees.
Notes 5 Largs Crt, Greenvale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Fruits of the Earth: The Kitchen Garden
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The Kitchen Garden
The clever design integrates a beautiful French-style potager with outdoor spaces for living and entertaining. Formal geometric vegetable garden, pergola, hazelnut hedge, beds surrounded by woven hurdles. Espaliered heritage apples, French pears, greengage, cherry trees and damson plum underplanted with edible plants.
Quality garden products for sale

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Notes 8 Gillman St, Malvern East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Fruits of the Earth: Gunyah
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Gunyah
The inspiring urban food garden of designer Karen Sutherland. More than 200 edible and useful plants are displayed in an ornamental setting: herbs, vegetables, vines, citrus, fruit and nut trees, South American edible species and Australian bush foods. Aquaponics, rooftop garden, bees, chickens. Interesting nature strip plantings.
Talks on native herbs, bush foods and perennial vegetables at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day. Regular guided tours of garden

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Notes 22 Lochinvar St, Pascoe Vale South 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled Opening
Maribyrnong Edible Garden
Maribyrnong


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