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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 6 and Sunday 7
Banongill
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Banongill
This magnificent historic garden, partly designed by William Guilfoyle, features a vast lawn sweeping down to Mount Emu Creek with its famous display of millions of daffodils naturalised along the banks. Thousands more daffodils, Spanish hyacinths, bluebells, iris and jonquils bloom in bluestone terraces. Other highlights are spring blossom, carpets of hellebores, beautiful mature trees, magnificent wisteria walk, and a rose garden framed by clipped hornbeams.
Boutique wine and beer tastings. Talks on the history of the garden at 11am and 2pm each day, and historical tours of the shearing shed at noon and 3pm each day.
Photo courtesy of: Claire Takacs
Notes Banongill Rd, Skipton 10am-4.30pm $12.00
September    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14
Pickets
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Pickets
Harmonious combinations of foliage and flower are the hallmark of this Mediterranean-inspired garden. Spring bulbs, hellebores, magnolias, camellias, azaleas, daphne and clivias. Australian plantings include lilly-pillys, kangaroo paws, hakeas and wattles. Rich perimeter planting of shrubs and trees in a palette of oranges, reds, purples and mauves.
Garden explorer sheet for children
Notes 56 Orchard Dve, Croydon 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Sinclair garden
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Sinclair garden
The pretty cottage-style front garden gives no hint of the beautiful terraced valley behind, filled with tall eucalypts and exotic trees underplanted with indigenous species. Banksias, waratahs, xanthorrhoeas and other natives are successfully integrated with old roses, maples, weeping birches and a mature magnolia. Stunning views from the deck.
Notes 124 McGowans Rd, Donvale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Hanson garden
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Hanson garden
Sensitively placed rocks around beautiful fern-edged ponds reflect Bev Hanson's work with Ellis Stones. Her knowledge and love of all plants is evident in the rich collection of natives leading to bushland and the separate area of generously planted exotics. Courtyards lead off the house with vistas opening through tunnels of foliage.
Talks on garden design by Bev Hanson at 11am each day. Property adjacent to National Park
Notes 104 Webb St, Warrandyte 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Eden Park
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Eden Park
An impressive kilometre-long avenue of hawthorns leads into a country garden featuring both formal and cottage elements enhancing the beautiful historic homestead. Flourishing box hedges, perennials and roses are sheltered by mature shrubberies and trees. Wide lawn terraces edged in generous colourful beds lead down to a creek. Attractive productive garden.
Displays by Highland Cattle Association, Suffolk Sheep and local Historical Society. Stalls by Romsey Primary School and Landcare group
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Notes 2133 Romsey Rd, Romsey 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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


The Open Garden program of openings for mid-October 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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