Musk, near Daylesford
Saturday 24 November, 2018 to
Sunday 25 November, 2018
As there is no parking available at the property, visitors have two transport options: a vintage train ride from Daylesford Railway station or a bus shuttle service from Daylesford Secondary College.
10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry $12 Students $5 Under 18 free
As there will be large numbers of people arriving simultaneously at the gate from buses and trains, you may wish to purchase your ticket for the open garden via the TryBooking link to save time queuing to pay on the day!
Daylesford Spa Country Railway has also set up a separate TryBooking link for purchasing return train tickets.
Purchase tickets via TryBooking recommended!
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This is a unique opportunity to combine a visit to this much-loved and rarely-opened property at Musk, a short distance from Daylesford.
Many people are familiar with the story of Musk Farm.
The property commenced its life as a school. After closing and falling into disrepair, the late Stuart Rattle purchased the property in 1998 and over the next 15 years, transformed the grounds into a semi-formal 3.5 acre garden comprising 14 garden rooms interconnected by paths and hedging, separated by the wooden trellising which has become a signature of Musk Farm. The garden is instantly recognisable by the formal motor court entrance with clipped buxus balls framing the doorway to the now beautiful home.
Subsequent owners have maintained the existing garden as well adding a rose arboretum and in keeping with the school yard heritage, a clock tower.
The design is stunning, with axes drawing attention to particular vistas and plantings. The garden features many rare and unusual plants including a huge variety of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, viburnum and bulbs. Other highlights include the old school oval – now a wonderful hedged lawn, a rhododendron garden, woodland walks, a formal pond and a summer garden.
Visitors should note that no parking will be available at the property.
The two transport options for reaching Musk Farm are the train shuttle service or a bus shuttle service.
Daylesford Spa Country Railway will run trains hourly from Daylesford Railway station, Hill Street Daylesford – in a vintage train which will appeal to all ages. Musk Station is only 100 metres from the garden.
For information about this unique experience see http://www.dscr.com.au/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/daylesfordrailway
Trains depart Daylesford at 9.45 am, 10.45, 11.45, 12.45, 1.45 pm, 2.45, 3.45, 4.45 pm on both days.
Trains depart Musk at 10.10 am, 11.10, 12.10, 1.10 pm, 2.10, 3.10, 4.10 & 5.10 pm on both days.
The cost is $12 per person return.
Daylesford Spa Country Railway offers bookings for return tickets at: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=447040&bof=1
Open Gardens Victoria is offering a half-hourly shuttle bus service from Daylesford Secondary College, 39 Smith Street, Daylesford. The first service departs Daylesford at 10.00 am. The last service departs Daylesford at 3.30 pm. The last return service departs Musk for Daylesford at 4.45 pm. Gold coin donation applies for the shuttle bus service.
Other activities which will be taking place throughout the garden opening will be:
- Devonshire Teas and cheese platters for people to have with a glass of wine (with tables and chairs set up on the Chestnut Lawn)
- Wine tasting and sales of Passing Clouds wines; see http://www.passingclouds.com.au/
- Exhibition and sale of ‘Overwrought’ garden sculpture; see https://overwrought.com.au/
- Exhibition and possible mini-workshops on botanical art by renowned botanical artist Bronwyn Ward; see https://bronwynward.thinkific.com
- Book sales of Stuart Rattle's Musk Farm by Annemarie Kiely and Paul Bangay
- Plant stall
Other places of interest which you may wish to visit in the local area include:
Information and advice on garden visiting
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