Self-Drive Tour Mount Macedon Area

Mount Macedon Area

Thursday 23 February, 2023



The day will begin in Kyneton at 9.30am and end at Gisborne around 3.30pm - approximately.

A more detailed timetable, including full address details and when to arrive at each garden, will be provided closer to the event.

$150 includes morning tea and lunch via Trybooking only.

Please stay home if you're unwell on the day

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Due to the popularity of our last self-drive tour we have another visiting four privately owned and designed gardens that are not to be missed.

These diverse gardens range from mediterranean and climate compatible plantings to lush woodland and cooler climate areas and include:

1. The May Garden - Kyneton Vic 3444

Peter May’s garden is both an ornamental and productive one. Two designers contributed to the garden design and layout. Lisa Stafford (Lisa Stafford Garden Design) drew up a master plan for the garden, setting out the shape and location of the beds. Melanie Husada (Poppy and the Bee) did the planting layout for the main garden bed using a planting list provided by the owner. This is a hyrbrid garden with plants including both Mediterranean and cool climate species.

The May Garden Notes

2. Bolobek - Mount Macedon Vic 3441

Bolobek is a magnificent heritage listed rural property situated in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges. The garden features mature Linden, Birch and Oaks. It truly is an oasis with a walled rose garden where mature, espaliered fruit trees augment mass climbers to clothe the walls. There are poplar and crab apple walks, lilac hedges, herbaceous borders, prize winning dahlias and a newly reinstated creek and fernery all tied together by sweeping lawns. Woodland areas allow exploration of beds of mature woodland shrubs - and an orchard where over-mature trees are being steadily replaced with new plantings.

Bolobek Garden Notes

3. Stonehill - Woodend North Vic 3442

The owners of Stonehill approached Michael McCoy requesting a garden designed in the style of the New Perennial movement. Three ‘pools’ of gravel connected by gravel paths define different spaces and generous beds planted with a sweeping range of perennials and grasses. Blocks of the same plant are seen blooming on the left and right of paths and gravel spaces, echoing into the distance. A quarry garden features a matrix of permanent grasses and mounded evergreen perennials interspersed with seasonal bulbs. This garden is a testament to the vision and hard work of the owners and designer.

Stonehill Garden Notes

4. Native Retreat Studio Garden - Gisborne Vic 3437

Native Retreat Studio Garden is the home garden of Kathleen Murphy of Kathleen Murphy Landscape Design. The project won The Design Files 2020 Landscape Design Award.  It’s a garden which nestles into the surrounding landscape, mixing native and exotic plantings for foliage and textural interest.  The use of locally sourced materials including large basalt boulders which have been cut to form steppers to transverse the billabong adds a touch of adventure. The garden is one to be explored with plenty of nooks to sit and taken in nature! This is a garden where plants are experimented with & concepts explored. 

Native Retreat Studio Garden Notes

Full address details will be provided upon booking.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided by Piper Street Food Company.

The Macedon Ranges is located on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples. Open Gardens Victoria wish to acknowledge the Traditional custodians and we pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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