Stuart Rattle Open Garden, Musk, Victoria and Restoration of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

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About the Garden

Stuart Rattle’s garden in Musk, Victoria is inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement and the romantic tradition of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is divided into fourteen distinct garden rooms joined by interconnecting walkways. A love of individual plants has been indulged alongside architectural features, extensive use of hedging and other garden ornamentation.

On the day there will be a BBQ, boutique wines, coffee and other local produce as well as a sale of rare and exotic plants from Lambley nursery, Ascot.

Date: 10am-4pm,  Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th november, 2011.

Address: 11 School Rd, Musk (Look for sign between Bullarto and Daylesford).

Tickets: $10 (children 12 and under free).

On December 4th 2011 other gardens in Daylesford will be open as part of this fundraising effort, click here for further details.

All proceeds will go to support the restoration of the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Restoration

The Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford are a remarkably unspoilt example of the type of public gardens established throughout Victoria in the nineteenth century. The gardens, which include one of Australia’s finest pinetums, are of historic and cultural significance. They were built on crown land to a design by noted Victorian garden designers Taylor and Sangster.  The gardens were intended to be of scientific importance and to provide a place for pleasure and recreation. In the garden’s heyday bands played in the Rotunda, water cascaded from fountains and a stream trickled though the rustic fernery leading to a grotto filled with water lilies.

Sadly, the Rotunda, Rustic Cascade, Fernery and even the paths have all but disappeared. The planned restoration will return these elements to the former splendour.

The Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are delighted to announce that support is to be offered by the owners of a number of significant private gardens in the Daylesford area. Between November 2011 and April 2012 these gardens will be open to the public as part of a major fundraising effort to restore the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens. These gardens – rarely open to the public – will be seen in all their seasonal glory.

Poster as pdf – Open Garden Poster