Dr Anne ValeVisit Wombat Park, Daylesford Vic, open 2-3 May 2015

Wombat Park gate detail

Wombat Park near Daylesford in Victoria is open 2 and 3 May 2015 and the autumn colours will be gorgeous. Don’t miss this one!

Wombat Park's tapestry hedge

Wombat Park’s tapestry hedge

Stuart Rattle's Musk Farm book coverAs a bonus, on Saturday 2 May from 10am-2pm, landscape designer Paul Bangay will be signing copies of the recently published book on the late Stuart Rattle’s Musk Farm.

All proceeds from the garden opening will support the restoration of the historic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens in Daylesford. All royalties from the sale of the book go to the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Garden.

Wombat ParkWombat Park’s garden was first planted in the early 1850s and continuously developed throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, with a new residence erected c.1910-12.

Wombat Park house, and tapestry hedge

Wombat Park house, and tapestry hedge

Isabel MacKenzie, the current owner of Wombat Park, has spent the last two decades lovingly rejuvenating and maintaining this glorious two hectares of parkland. It is glorious; not only for the lovely Arts and Crafts house which is the centrepiece of the garden, but glorious for the extraordinary selection of trees. Each season delights the senses with constant changes to foliage colour and in autumn it is just beautiful. The dramatic framework of clipped hedges and towering evergreens provide form and function and sheltered garden rooms and hidden spaces are the essence of this magical old world garden.

Wombat Park - the old tennis pavilion

Wombat Park – the old tennis pavilion

This is a garden of towering conifers and deciduous trees, most planted between 80 and 160 years ago, and certainly worth a little trip into the Victorian countryside. Daylesford is only 1 hr 20 minutes drive from Melbourne. Open 10am-4pm both days. Entry $10 (U12 free). Plant sales from Lambley Nursery. Midland Highway Daylesford Melway reference X909:C9

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Dr Anne Vale

About Dr Anne Vale

Dr Anne Vale is an author, historian, lecturer and garden photographer. Anne is the author of award winning Exceptional Australian Garden Makers (2014). The sequel, Influential Australian Garden People, which follows the influences of the next generation, is due to be published late 2016. Anne records and assesses gardens with history through her consulting practice Heriscapes. She has written garden guides and histories on significant Australian heritage gardens including Dalvui, Mawarra, Wombat Park and Burnley. She has contributed articles to the online directory on Australian Women Leaders, the Australian Garden History Society journal, Historic Gardens Review journal and the Royal Historical Society Remembering Melbourne (due late 2016).

One thought on “Visit Wombat Park, Daylesford Vic, open 2-3 May 2015

  1. and the only garden where I’ve found a mountain cabbage tree (toi in Maori) in an Australian garden – would love to see it flower. Bravo Isobel and all previous W.P.gardeners. Stuart Read

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