Ziebell's Farmhouse Garden

German Lane, Lalor 3075

Saturday 17 November, 2018 to
Sunday 18 November, 2018

10.00 am - 4.30 pm

Entry price $8  Students $5  Under 18 free 

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Located within the historic ‘Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct’ in the City of Whittlesea, Ziebell’s Farmhouse Garden was first established in 1850 by the pioneering German immigrant family that bears its name. The large informal gardens of about 1,200 square metres combine flowers, roses, shrubs, fruit trees and a vegetable patch. A semi-formal flower garden forms its centrepiece.

The farmhouse and outbuildings are included on Victoria’s Heritage Register and Ziebell’s Farmhouse and heritage site is of national and state significance. The garden features a 130-year-old Cécile Brunner rose and a rare Queen of Sheba climber. Over 400 plants have been recorded, which includes more than 60 varieties of rare and historic roses, a number of which were imported by the Ziebell family in the 1800s.

Spring in the garden is an explosion of colour!

Since 1995, volunteers have formed the backbone of the garden restoration project, and Garden Coordinator Gillian Borrack has overseen the documentation of the garden including a comprehensive Conservation Analysis and Management Plan to preserve its authenticity.

Note re: parking

Visitors will have supervised off-street parking available in German Lane, Lalor. Walking paths and signage to Ziebell’s Farmhouse indicate the direction of Ziebell’s Farmhouse, as well as the Thomastown Lutheran church and cemetery (see further below).

There are many parts to the experience of Ziebell’s Farmhouse and Garden!

Entrance gate to Ziebell’s Farmhouse Marquee includes complimentary:

  • Farmhouse Garden Guide (including maps with zones, plant lists, etc)
  • Ziebell’s Farmhouse Guide which will enhance your understanding of the oldest surviving German-built house and garden in Victoria
  • ‘Westgarthtown’ Heritage Walk Brochure – a heritage walking trail which takes you on a unique journey through time and uncover a hidden story of early European settlement in Australia. (Walk commences at Ziebell’s Farmhouse, corner Gardenia Road and Ainwick Crescent, Thomastown. Distance 2.9km. Time to walk: approx. 90 minutes.)
  • View the new indigenous area opposite the entrance marquee.

For sale: German sausage sizzle and cold drinks.

Ziebell’s Farmhouse Garden includes:

  • Enter the 1850s informal cottage garden and wander along the pathways enjoying the harmony, colour and contrasts of texture of this enduring heritage garden.
  • Visit the Plant and Seed marquee to purchase garden plants and seeds and take the opportunity to chat to the knowledgeable garden volunteers.

Open House and Outbuildings include:

  • Book stall
  • Tea, coffee, and refreshments table open throughout the day (gold coin donation)
  • 2x toilets (including disability)

Other activities and local places of interest include:

  • Thomastown Lutheran Church: open 11am – 2pm
  • Thomastown Lutheran Cemetery: open 10am – 4.30pm

For a full day trip to the area check: www.westgarthtown.org.au and

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting

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