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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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November    Saturday 1 and Sunday 2
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A hunter-gatherer's garden filled with cuttings, gifts, self-sown plants and 'found' items! It is bursting with a huge variety of colourful plants of all kinds: cottage favourites, roses, natives, vegetables, orchard and herbs. Hundreds of pots overflow with succulents, and found objects are used as planters and decoration.
Notes 4 Crimea Close, Rowville 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Seaton Farm
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Seaton Farm
This beautiful garden uses bird-attracting plants, copses and a mix of grey, red and green foliages to enhance views to the sea. Striking xanthorrhoeas accentuate the contemporary corrugated iron house, linked to the old cottage by a central lawn featuring a majestic elm and colourful plantings. Phillip Johnson frog pond.
Wine tastings and sales
Notes 22 Turners Rd, Balnarring 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kangaroo Forest Run
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Kangaroo Forest Run
A rambling hilltop garden commanding spectacular views showcases a selection of thriving native and exotic species chosen for seasonal colour, year-round interest and low water requirements. Meandering paths wind past local ironbarks, a rose garden with many David Austins, a vegetable garden, small Chardonnay vineyard, water features and sculptural pieces.
Pigs and chickens. Explorer sheet for children
Notes 106 Rodger Rd, Panton Hill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Ungulla Country Garden
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Ungulla Country Garden
Century-old eucalypts grace this sustainable, waterwise garden of mainly bird-attracting native species. Raised organic vegetable beds, orchard and companion plantings of herbs and other bee-attracting plants. Good water management practices with tanks, ornamental creek bed and a dam with pier and waterfall. Lovely views to Strzeleckis.
BBQ. Talks at 11am and 2pm each day on organic vegetable growing and sustainable gardening practices
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Notes 590 Invermay Rd East, Athlone (near Drouin) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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A fascinating garden primarily dedicated to attracting birds. The park-like grounds feature magnificent European trees dating from the 1930s and complementing rose parterres, clipped hedges and natives. Orchard, olives, citrus grove, hothouse, vegetable gardens. Woodland walk, many whimsical timber and metal artworks. Sweeping views to the Baw Baws.
Art exhibition by Janice Hunter & Paul Gennings and studio gallery
Notes 30 Rule Rd, Lardner
(near Warragul)
10am-4.30pm $8.00
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A beautiful waterlily lake is wrapped by sweeping lawns leading to a woodland garden, massed perennials, 'room' of plane trees and recently added formal gardens with pond and fountain. Malus, maple and rose walks. Beautiful big kitchen garden of fruit trees around a parterre of vegetables and herbs flanked by olives.
Notes 516 Pitman Ave, Gol Gol 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery
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Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery
Sitting beside the peaceful Gol Gol Creek, the garden is planted on three levels under a canopy of handsome mature elms, maples, silver birches, conifers and magnolias. The exotic trees divide the areas of lawn which host lovely plantings of roses, shrubs and perennials
Notes 11-13 Adelaide St, Gol Gol 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Petzke Family Garden
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Petzke Family Garden
A beautiful cool garden of light and shade, contrasting textures and subtle foliage colours. A long vista forms a central axis with sunny and shady rooms opening off it, all within densely planted boundaries. Several varieties of bamboo; courtyard with vine-covered pergola; generous pots of palms and succulents.
Notes 17 Pental Island Rd, Swan Hill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Dappled shade creates a tranquil mood in this romantic country garden of perennials, shrubs and 500 gorgeous roses in beds and clambering over archways. Oaks, blue spruce, Judas tree and willows provide a lush backdrop to ponds and a swimming pool with waterfall. Appealing farm buildings; old tool collection.
Old-time music Sunday 2pm-4pm
Notes 213 School Rd, Kongorong
(Mt Gambier SA)
10am-4.30pm $8.00
Tayoc Park
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Tayoc Park
The formerly Australian focus of the garden is being transformed with the addition of many varieties of deciduous trees and English-style plantings. Roses, camellias, hydrangeas and tropical plants feature in a courtyard. Over 20 fruit and nut trees; productive vegetable garden; chook house.
Notes 9 Stableford Crt, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East (SA) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November    Saturday 8 and Sunday 9
Warrawee Gardens
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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. Hundreds of native shrubs, especially grevilleas, provide food for birds and bees. In spring, a white cedar Melia azedarach takes centre stage. Orchard, vegetables, chooks.
Pirate Ship playground for children
Notes 24 Warrawee Ave, Beaconsfield 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jefferson garden
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Jefferson garden
A sophisticated and immaculately presented garden. A high wall encloses the established formal front garden, with a more relaxed mood at the back. Wide steps lead past citrus tubs around a pool and on to sweeping lawns flanked by trees, shrubs and generous groupings of summer-flowering perennials, roses and poppies. Woodland plantings.
Notes 3 Ngumby Crt, Vermont South 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Sophie's Garden
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Sophie's Garden
A garden for the senses, awash with fragrance and colour. Despite its compact size, informal and very pretty areas are brimming with roses, salvias, lilac, wisteria, Mackaya bella, nepeta, pelargoniums, camellias, poppies and silver-foliaged plants. Vegetable and herb garden; apple, peach, plum, nectarine and lemon trees.
Talks by Sophie Adamson on rose growing at 11.30am and 2.30pm each day
Notes 3 Warnoo Crt, Frankston South 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Coombe House
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Coombe House
Vibrant mass plantings are balanced by peaceful areas for relaxation and entertainment in this lush and thriving garden. A birch grove is underplanted with agapanthus, Japanese anemones, bulbs and ajuga while other areas feature grasses and drought-tolerant plants. Well-grown roses, hedges, wisteria and rose arbours.
Notes 17 Hamersley Crt, Mount Eliza 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Karen's garden
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Karen's garden
This well-designed, generous and colourful garden is a feast of climbing roses. They are draped on chains and swags, they scramble over arches, and they smother a pavilion. Deep beds overflow with hundreds of old-fashioned roses and massed plantings of countless perennials. Large collection of exotic trees; gravel garden.
Notes 325 Eacotts Rd, Hoddles Creek 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Lonsdale Park on the Yarra
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Lonsdale Park on the Yarra
Created on organic and biodynamic principles, the upper and lower gardens harmoniously embracing the house feature interesting trees, shrubs and perennials. Taxodiums, magnolias, roses, viburnums, peonies. Orchard with over 60 fruit trees; small lake with island. Path to the Yarra; views of surrounding parkland.
Noon each day: talk on biodynamic gardening

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Notes 40 Lonsdale Park Lane, Launching Place 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Braeburne House
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Braeburne House
Beyond a driveway of Manchurian pears and other deciduous trees, a pair of original Canary Island palms dominate the interesting garden enhancing a lovely Victorian bluestone farmhouse. Other early plantings include oaks, desert ash and cypress. Manicured lawns, roses, perennials, wisteria arbour, orchard, vegetable gardens.
Notes 155 Dreeite Rd, Beeac
(near Colac)
10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Several delightful crabapples and a large bed of David Austin roses make a welcoming entrance to an enchanting garden where roses are a highlight throughout. Water features, sculptures and a summerhouse are framed by roses and massed perennials. Lovely ornamental trees and shrubs. Fruit trees; attractive vegetable garden.
Notes 146 Hart St, Colac 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Glynn garden
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Glynn garden
A garden designed with a young family in mind. The large lawn used for children's games is surrounded by a tall 'Leighton Green' cypress hedge, a perfect foil to the burgundy 'Iceberg' roses around the verandah. A cottage garden has evolved into a more formal area that is easy to maintain.
Notes 18 Turnbull Dve, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East (SA) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jennings garden
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Jennings garden
A young garden alive with the heady colour and perfume of 600 roses. Sweeping lawns feature beds of daylilies, agapanthus, bearded iris, camellias, azaleas, bulbs and wisteria. Magnolias, conifers, birches and flowering cherries. Raised vegetable beds; herbs and berries in barrels. Small pond with water lilies.
Notes 16 Turnbull Dve, Worrolong, Mount Gambier East (SA) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November    Saturday 15 and Sunday 16
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Magnificent mature trees, in particular eucalypts and many different oaks, enhance the pretty garden of roses, low shrubs and perennials that hug the house. Wide lawns sweep down to a dam planted with many younger trees, and a fine collection of taxodiums fringe the water's edge.
Notes 26a Dunns Rd, Mount Martha 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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Tea Trees
A framework of mature trees is a romantic setting for a joyous array of cottage-style annuals, perennials, roses and shrubs. Verbascums, clary sage, lychnis, penstemons, evening primrose, nepeta. poppies, viburnum, clematis and arthropodiums. Corymbia ficifolia, agonis, melaleuca and a splendid twisted tea-tree. Citrus and other fruit trees.
Notes 18 Irvine Ave, Mouth Martha 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.
Notes 551 Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Elsie Click here
An artist's eye is evident in the well-designed garden that beautifully complements an 1860s cottage. Hot dry summers and frosty winters informed the choice of plants, with a reliance on foliage contrasts backed by conifers and deciduous trees. Sculpture and pots of topiary provide focal points. Fruit trees, vegetable garden.
Display of art and sculpture
Notes 30 Orr St, Malmsbury 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Rosie's Garden Click here
Rosie's Garden
A lovely free-flowing garden embracing an 1860s bluestone cottage. Beds filled with perennials, flowering shrubs and self-sown annuals are backed by lovely old conifers and deciduous trees. Large fenced vegetable and flower garden. Gravel paths meander to secluded seating areas with views over farmland and distant hills.
Paintings, ceramics and textiles for sale
Notes 29 Orr St, Malmsbury 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Timboon House Click here
Timboon House
An historic homestead enveloped in the colour and fragrance of a stunning collection of roses in colour co-ordinated beds hedged in clipped box. A wisteria-covered archway leads to lawns graced by mature trees, sculptures and more roses. Lush plantings of irises, geraniums and poppies. Fruit trees.
Notes 320 Old Geelong Rd, Camperdown 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Wild Hen Farm Click here
Wild Hen Farm
A wonderful garden cleverly designed to blend into its rural setting while displaying a huge and interesting collection of native and exotic trees and shrubs. Productive areas include vegetable beds and a Gothic-inspired cage protecting espaliered fruit trees, berries and tropical species. Flowering native frangipani, dogwoods, hippeastrums, blue ixias.
Talks on grass-fed, free-range egg production at 11am and 2.30pm each day. Eggs and garden sculptures for sale
Notes 165 Redcamp Lane, Myrrhee 10am-5.30pm $8.00
November    Saturday 22 and Sunday 23
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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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
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

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

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