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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.
Garden Notes For Gardens That Have Already Opened
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes

Address

Hours

Fee

September    Saturday 20 and Sunday 21
Yallaroo Gardens
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Yallaroo Gardens
A wide range of WA leschenaultias in many colours is one highlight of a beautiful young garden filled with flowers. Over 2000 plants flourish in sweeping beds created by a knowledgeable and passionate native plant enthusiast and former Gardening Australia 'Gardener of the Year'. Vegetable gardens, covered orchard.
Children's treasure hunt
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Notes 7 Hillsmeade Dve, Narre Warren South 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Alcheringa
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Alcheringa
The classic 1970s bush-style native garden with stone work by Gordon Ford embraces a house designed by Alistair Knox. A rock waterfall is the central feature and supports a happy frog population. Butterfly-attracting indigenous plants feature among gymea lilies, banksias, croweas, callistemons and paperbarks. Small productive area.
Notes 46 Victoria Ave, Rosanna 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Illyarrie
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Illyarrie
Rare and beautiful Australian plants create year-round interest and a carpet of early spring colour in this elegant garden. Many Western Australian species thrive in the sandy soil, including unusual banksias and grevilleas, and repeat plantings create a cohesive design. Large collection of Australian orchids in flower.
Notes 7 Library Rd, Balnarring Beach 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September     Sunday 28
At Home with Phillip Johnson
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At Home with Phillip Johnson
In 2013 Phillip Johnson and his team made history when their design for the Trailfinders Australian Garden, presented by Flemings, was awarded top honours of 'Best in Show' at the Chelsea Flower Show - a feat never before achieved by an Australian team. You have a unique opportunity to join Phillip on an exclusive tour of his private garden at Olinda. The billabong at the heart of this tranquil haven has been transformed into a stunning natural swimming pool, providing enormous environmental benefits. Phillip will give a lecture as well as a tour of his native and indigenous wonderland, which features water capture and conservation at its core.

Photo courtesy of: Claire Takacs
Olinda Bookings Essential $75.00
October    Saturday 4 and Sunday 5
Moograbah
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Moograbah
An attractive garden planted with an emphasis on foliage colour and texture. Manchurian pears, prunus, eucalypts and crabapples underplanted with shrubs and perennials. Shaded areas are alive with the green, purple, grey and lime foliage of smoke bushes, euphorbias and echiums. Succulents and geraniums in quirky containers. Lake, orchard.
Wine tastings. Pottery and handcrafts for sale

Photo courtesy of: Georgina James
Notes 285 Up River Rd, Rutherglen 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Terravinia
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Terravinia
A romantic, quirky and interesting garden with artistic touches. Mown paths wind beneath an oak, a eucalypt and two very old palms to informal beds crammed with roses, geraniums, bulbs, daisies, aquilegias, lilacs, acanthus and wisteria. Two magnolias flank a fountain leading to terraces with views over the billabong and river flats.
Notes 987 Gooramadda Rd, Rutherglen 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October    Sunday 5
Bickleigh Vale Village:
Edna Walling's masterpiece
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Bickleigh Vale Village
Edna Walling created an enchanted village for herself and her friends at Bickleigh Vale, and this special quality continues to influence succeeding owners as they work to keep the vision of her achievement alive for future generations. Although the cottages have been adapted to modern needs, and the growth of trees and shrubs has altered the gardens, Bickleigh Vale remains the finest example of Walling's ability to achieve harmony between buildings and landscape. Eight of these magical gardens will be open: Abbotsley, Badgers Wood, Devon Cottage, Mistover, Sonningfield, The Barn, The Sheilan and Wimborne.
Most of the gardens are wheelchair friendly
Notes Bickleigh Vale Rd and Edna Walling Lane, Mooroolbark 10am-4.30pm $35.00 for 8 gardens
October    Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
Belyea
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Belyea
Set around an immaculate Nantucket-style house is a romantic family garden of liriopes, euphorbias and other drought-tolerant plantings. A mature liquidambar shades the front garden. Osmanthus, bay and tangelo hedges provide a framework for different areas of lawn and garden. Vegetable and herb beds.
Notes 3 Wentworth Ave, Canterbury 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Elaine
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Elaine
A pretty and relaxed family garden features a huge variety of plants embracing an 1880s farmhouse. Magnificent trees including Atlantic Cedar, Scarlet Oak, elm, liquidambar and a fruiting pear shelter daphnes, irises, tree peonies, clivias, salvias and plectranthus. Roses and citrus enhance an outdoor dining area. Vegetables and herbs.
Notes 37 Wentworth Ave, Canterbury 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Debbie's Aussie Garden
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Debbie's Aussie Garden
Completely redesigned in recent years, this vibrant and healthy young garden brims with a rich diversity of Australian plants including many grevilleas. Raised beds feature drought-tolerant and foliage plants. Repeat plantings of viminaria, Eucalyptus perriniana and adenanthos. Unusual persoonia hybrid. Pond with indigenous plants; dry creek bed.
Children's activities. Sausage sizzle
Notes 24 Flowerdale Rd, Glen Iris 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Flowerdale Rd
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden
Flowerdale Road Native Garden
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Flowerdale Road Native Garden
An exquisite small garden jam-packed with a great range of native plants chosen for foliage and flower colour. The strong and thoughtful design links the front and back areas, and many pretty pots are successfully woven into the whole. The garden is an inspiring lesson in elegant, small-space harmony.
Children's activities
Notes 1/29 Flowerdale Rd, Glen Iris 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Debbie's
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden
Fairview Garden
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Fairview Garden
A stunning garden featuring lush repeat plantings in an elegant and serene design. Rich variety of exotic and Australian plants including magnolias, silver birches, lavender, olives, camellias, maples, waterhousias and an extraordinary collection of natives. Beautiful iron sculptures, large pools, water wall, garden pavilion, putting green and masterly stonework.
The garden's designer will be in attendance during the weekend
Notes 7b Fairview Ave, Wheelers Hill 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Reg and Judy's garden
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Reg and Judy's garden
Beautiful, well-designed garden with a contemporary Japanese theme. Hellebores and liriope carpet a maple woodland, with a dry creek bed leading to a raked gravel garden. Lawns with fine specimen trees; magnificent wisteria arbour; mixed perennial border; flowering clivias. Kitchen garden and fruit trees.
Notes 12 Burvill Crt, Warragul 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Springbank Retreat
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Springbank Retreat
An established garden of mostly informal rooms flowing around an old timber homestead. Mature exotic trees and flowering shrubs provide a framework for the garden and shade for manicured lawns. Rhododendrons, euphorbias, hellebores, clivias, early roses, glorious old weeping cherry. Cascading waterfall and pond; Interesting old farm equipment.
Visit their website
Notes 240 Williamsons Rd, Nilma North (near Warragul) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Dalvui
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Dalvui
Laid out by William Guilfoyle in 1898 and widely regarded as one of Australia's most significant gardens. Lush velvety lawns beneath spectacular mature trees complement curved borders filled with a choice selection of shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Rockeries and ponds. More recent plantings add further interest.
Notes 431 McKinnons Bridge Rd, Noorat 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Woodlawn
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Woodlawn
An avenue of young eucalypts leads to rolling lawns beneath Chinese tallows, Manchurian pears and native cedars. A mix of native and exotic trees; seasonal dry creek bed. Mounded area with beautiful statues of water birds surrounded by silver-foliage plants. A large dam attracts abundant birdlife.
Notes 382 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Seymour 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Swan Lake
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Swan Lake
From bare farming land twenty years ago, the garden is now a delightful mix of natives, roses, perennials and shrubs. A lovely mature claret ash, pyrus and Eucalyptus citriodora shelter aquilegias, salvias and other cottage plants. Extensive vegetable garden and orchard. Ponds and a dam attract many native birds. Drystone walling.
Notes 250 Ashes Bridge Rd, Tallarook 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October    Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15
Spectacular and Historic Gardens of the Western District
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Spectacular and Historic Gardens of the Western District
Join this exciting coach tour by Neil Robertson, former CEO of Open Gardens Australia. This is an extraordinary opportunity to visit six significant gardens and homesteads in western Victoria: Terrinallum, Goodwood, Minjah, Toora West, Chatsworth House and Mawallok. Included amongst them are some of Victoria's earliest designed gardens by Edward Latrobe Bateman and William Guilfoyle. Beautiful trees and stone walling give a strong framework to the gardens, some reinvigorated in recent times to reflect a more contemporary garden aesthetic. There are productive gardens that are both fruitful and ornamental, and the tour will include a guided tour of the beautiful kitchen garden at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld.
Western District Bookings Essential $750.00
October    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19
Girrahween
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Girrahween
Created with an eye for colour, every centimetre of this established garden is filled with well-tended plants. Single-flowered climbing roses intertwined with clematis clambering over arbours and arches. Birches, weeping maples, Cercis 'Forest Pansy', cotinus collection. Salvias, box hedges, wisteria, fern walk, clivias, elkhorns, dendrobium orchids, mosaics.
Discovery sheet for children
Notes 25 Murray Rd, Croydon 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Airlie
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Airlie
Harmoniously designed and elegant woodland garden. Mass plantings of unusual small eucalypts including E. pumila and E. leuhmanniana feature with tall grasses and a beautiful large frog pond at the front. Behind the house, soft silver-grey foliage dominates against yellow and blue flowers. Sandstone paving, wide decks, secluded productive areas.
Seeds for sale (grasses).
Notes 10 Grandview Ave, Ringwood East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Trevorder
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Trevorder
Massed Australian plants fill the nature strip and front garden where a stream courses over stones, ending in a pretty pool. Raised beds bordering the stream are filled with native plants. The back opens up to a cottage-style garden of herbs, vegetables, small orchard, chooks and beds of native plants.
Notes 2 Scenic Ave, Ringwood East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Charlie's Run
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Charlie's Run
The delightful and immaculate garden surrounding a 100-year-old farmhouse sits comfortably in the picturesque pastoral landscape. Mature trees provide dappled shade for hardy and lush green lawns. Thriving formal beds of roses; raised vegetable beds bursting with colourful perennials. Large dam with diverse wildlife.
Notes 203 Licola Rd, Heyfield 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Bee Garden
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The Bee Garden
The former Myrtlebank schoolhouse is now an inspiring garden enveloped in colour and fragrance. Deep beds of glorious old-fashioned roses, fine deciduous trees and borders of massed shrubs and perennials contribute to an impressive palette of colour and textural contrasts. Many rare and unusual plants; orchard and vegetable garden.
Quirky sculptures from recycled materials
Notes 14 Back Maffra Rd, Sale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Peta's garden
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Peta's garden
An outstanding Australian native garden showcasing an inspiring and well-designed floral display. A wonderful palette of wildflowers established in the garden contrasts with a delicate canopy of casuarinas. Greens, silvers, greys and deep crimsons provide rich textural contrasts. Grasses, groundcovers and a landscaped dam are a haven for wildlife
Notes 19 Harpley Crt, Longford 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Hesket Farm
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Hesket Farm
A line of mature eucalypts leads into a garden enjoying stunning views. Camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and perennials are sheltered by the lush new growth of maples, silver birches and oaks. A drystone wall protects a large cottage garden. Drifts of daffodils and snowdrops; circular vegetable garden.
Artwork display and sale
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Notes 162 Hesket Boundary Rd, Hesket 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Mareeba
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Mareeba
Magnificent oaks, maples, elms, sequoia, Dawn Redwood, Mexican Pine, birches, taxodiums and cedars grace a garden combining serenity and productivity. Yellow Box, Mahogany Gums and melaleucas also feature. Woodland area, large 'dry' beds, 100 varieties of roses. Sixteen beds of rotating vegetable crops; forty fruit trees; berries and asparagus.
Artwork exhibition and sale
Notes 1 Creeds Rd, Murrindindi 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Carey Cottage
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Carey Cottage
A delightful mixture of colour, fragrance, food and contemplation. A low drystone wall encloses a spectacular deep perennial border along the driveway, a rose hedge frames wonderful views of Yea and the Murrindindi Valley, and yuccas and furcreas complement flower-filled borders. Heritage fruit trees, hedged vegetable garden.
Devonshire teas
Notes 56 Carey Rd, Killingworth 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October    Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
Nithsdale
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Nithsdale
Designed to be viewed from every room in the early Victorian villa, the garden consists of formal and informal plantings. Magnolias, maples, crepe myrtles and ornamental pears. Cottage garden of roses, lavender, valerian, aquilegias, irises, hellebores and alstroemeria complemented by shade-loving camellias, azaleas and plectranthus. Courtyard garden with original well.
Notes 133 Kambrook Rd, Caulfield North 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jack's Garden
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Jack's Garden
An elegant garden that is both ornamental and productive, using a limited but edible plant palette. Retaining walls, cloud clipping and sculptural elements give formal shape to the garden which is softened by massed plantings of rosemary and curly parsley. Row of Magnolia 'Alta'; shaped citrus trees and false cardamon. Fruit trees, vines, berries, herbs, raised vegetable beds.
Owner Lisa Ellis's garden shop nearby will be open
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Notes 23 The Grange, Malvern East 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Cottage Garden
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The Cottage Garden
Lush and pretty garden created by a passionate gardener. The front picket fence frames rose-covered arches and deep beds of vibrant perennials. Gorgeous David Austin roses, clematis, salvias and wallflowers. Vegetables and fruit trees intermingle with flowers and herbs. Greywater system; rainwater tanks.

Photo courtesy of: Simon Griffiths
Notes 2 Lily St, Glen Waverley 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Geoff and Marcia's garden
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Geoff and Marcia's garden
Designed to create vistas from the house, the garden is made up of a succession of spaces, each with a different colour scheme. An effective arrangement of interesting shapes, colours and textures from trees, irises, roses and perennials. Japanese-inspired contemplative garden. Vegetable beds, fruit trees.
Notes 1b Sefton Crt, Mount Waverley 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Helen & Rob's
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden
Helen and Rob's garden
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Helen and Rob's garden
This meticulously planned and executed waterwise garden is a feast for plant-lovers. A crabapple walk creates a central axis and is flanked by interesting spaces and hidden corners filled with an array of plants chosen for colour, texture and fragrance. Vegetable garden.
Pottery for sale
Notes 1a Sefton Crt, Mount Waverley 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Geoff & Marcia's
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden
Gentiana
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Gentiana
A must for plant enthusiasts: the private garden of well-known plantsman Craig Wilson. Beautiful mature trees shelter mouth-watering collections carefully selected for year-round interest. Flowering Davidia involucrata, yellow Magnolia 'Elizabeth', viburnums, epimediums, trilliums and fritillarias. Copper and tricolour beeches; dissectum and palmatum maples. Lovely woodland perennials including Anemone nemorosa.
Notes 138 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Frogs Crossing
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Frogs Crossing
An elegant and serene woodland garden complementing a New England Saltbox country-style house draped in rambling roses, Boston ivy and ornamental grape. A rill leads to a hedged pond backed by mixed borders of ornamental shrubs and perennials. Metal sculptures adorn lawns punctuated by ornamental and native trees.
Notes 4 Wattletree Rd, Bunyip 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Broughton Hall
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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
Lewisham
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Lewisham
A romantic and impressive modern garden featuring streams, waterfalls and small well-proportioned lakes. Elegant bridges link wide lawns and meandering paths which lead to many established deciduous trees and massive phormiums. Other features include statuary, urns, a topiary-flanked gazebo and an impressive lookout tower.
Wine tastings. Wellington boots for sale
Notes 305 Mount Macedon Rd, Macedon 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Ard Rudah
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Ard Rudah
Classic nineteenth-century hill station garden of sweeping lawns, perennials and unusual shrubs. Towering rhododendrons and banks of fragrant azaleas are particular highlights. Impressive trees include a huge copper beech, lindens and a rare Laburnocytisus. Italianate walled garden with reflection pool. Fern-lined creek, sheltered lily pond, moss-covered stone bridges.
Notes 49-51 Devonshire Lane, Mount Macedon 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Aroha
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Aroha
Foliage texture, colour and form are the hallmark of an urban oasis entered through a lych gate and along a lush cobbled walkway of hellebores, bulbs and shrubberies. Shaded rooms feature productive trees, choice shrubs and conifers anchored by repeat plantings of euphorbias, philadelphus, viburnums, sambucas and roses.
Notes 340 Shannon Ave, Newtown 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Eaglehawk
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Eaglehawk
A driveway of robinias leads to sweeping lawns and a colourful display of massed annuals and perennials complemented by an eye-catching bed of proteas. The front garden also features specimen trees, an orchard and an unusual arbour of hops. Well-placed iron sculptures add further interest throughout. Vegetables, berries.
Sausage sizzle
Notes 35 Birregurra Yeodene Rd, Birregurra 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Morambro
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden
Morambro
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Morambro
An inviting garden with interesting and well-designed plantings. The front area is dominated by a dam landscaped with colourful drought-tolerant plantings and a sculpture, making a striking entrance to the garden . Sweeping lawns hold strategically placed beds of massed perennials, roses and fruit trees.
Notes 31 Birregurra Yeodene Rd, Birregurra 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Eaglehawk
$14 both gardens or $8 one garden


The Open Garden program of openings for November through until end of June 2015 will be released over the coming weeks. The enitre program through until June 2015 can be found in our Guidebook.


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