Who can resist the autumn splendour of the gardens at this time of year?
In the Dandenong Ranges, just to name a few, there are:
Alfred Nicholas Gardens – 1A Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. Entry free.
Walking trails wind through this scenic, wooded garden park with a boathouse, waterfalls and islands.
George Tindale Memorial Gardens – 33 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. Entry free.
The garden offers something new in each season with a canopy of gold, red, orange and burgundy in autumn.
Pirianda Gardens – Hacketts Road, Olinda. Entry free.
You’ll be found gazing at the vibrant autumn colour infusion – definitely one of those ‘ahhh’ moments.
Cloudehill – 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda. Entry $10.
Get lost in the themed garden rooms, discover iconic art pieces of well-acclaimed artists and quietly walk through the adjoining private garden to view the native lyrebirds. Also visit The Diggers Club Garden Shop.
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens – The Georgian Road, Olinda. Entry free.
Formerly known as the National Rhododendron Gardens, take a walk along the perfectly curated paths to discover magnificent autumn colour.
Or for cool climate gardens in the Macedon Ranges there are many gardens to choose from which are open to the public such as:
Forest Glade Gardens – 816 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon. Entry $10.
A lush, scenic garden with English and Japanese sections, plus a woodland area and fern gully.
Gardens of Tieve Tara – 751 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon. Entry $10.
A truly picturesque 7.5 acres featuring lush grounds, a whimsical playground, lakes, geese and fountains.
Bringalbit Historic Gardens – 512 Sidonia Road, Sidonia via Kyneton. Entry $5.
A unique part of Australia’s rural history, this 1870s stone homestead, woolshed, stables and outbuildings are a remainder of times past. Huge old trees, ornamental lake and delightful gardens provide a rare setting of peace and tranquillity.
Some more lovely gardens to explore in other areas:
Seawinds – 21 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat . Entry free
Historic gardens featuring expansive views, walking paths, seasonal foliage and picnic facilities.
Heronswood – 105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana. Entry into the gardens, gallery and restaurant is free for Diggers Club members and children under 16; otherwise Entry $10. There is no entry charge to visit the shop.
Garden of St Erth – 189 Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood. Entry to wander through St Erth gardens is free for Diggers Club members and children under 16; otherwise entry $10. There is no entry charge to visit the shop or café.
Alowyn Gardens – 1210 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen. Entry $10.
Lovely gardens with great nursery and café.
Victoria Gardens – 361 High Street, Prahran. Entry free.
Victoria Gardens is an approximately two hectare urban parkland, which still retains many elements of its original Victorian character.
Rippon Lea – 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185. Entry $10.
A large 19th century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens, listed on the National Heritage Register as one of the finest examples of original suburban estate and gardens.
Hedgeley Dean Gardens – Glenbrook Avenue, Malvern East. Entry free.
Situated amidst beautiful residential gardens and period houses, one of Malvern's most attractive and popular gardens – an established and well-maintained combination of lawns, deciduous and broadleaf trees and an ornamental lake.
Maranoa Gardens – Yarrabat Avenue, Balwyn. Entry free.
With some 5000 plants, most of which are named, Maranoa Gardens is a National Trust registered garden recognised as an important part of Australian gardening history.
Footscray Park – Ballarat Road, Footscray. Entry free.
One of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian park in Australia with extensive garden beds and other facilities, views to city skyline and connections to Maribyrnong River Trail.
Brimbank Park – Keilor Park Drive, East Keilor. Entry free.
Part of the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands offering ideal settings for picnics, extensive network of trails, fishing, canoeing and bird watching, and a 'Playscape' haven for creative play that will inspire children and their families to connect with nature.
Lambley Gardens and Nursery – 395 Lesters Road, Ascot. Entry free.
David Glenn’s renowned and inspirational complex of vegetable and flower gardens and ornamental gardens are a benchmark in dry climate and sustainable gardening set in the central Victorian Goldfields.
And of course, our wonderful public Botanic Gardens which are open to the public with no entry fee:
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne – Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne – Ballarto Road, Cranbourne
Burnley Gardens (University of Melbourne) – 500 Yarra Boulevard, Burnley
Geelong Botanic Gardens – Eastern Park Drive East Geelong
Williamstown Botanic Gardens – cnr Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown
St Kilda Botanical Gardens – Blessington Street, St Kilda
Melton Botanic Gardens – 40 Lakewood Boulevard, Melton
Ballarat Botanical Gardens – Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree
Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens – Frazer Street, Daylesford
Bendigo Botanic Gardens – 559 Napier Street, White Hills
Benalla Botanical Gardens – Bridge Street, West Benalla
Portland Botanical Gardens – Bentinck Street, Portland
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens – Botanic Road, Warrnambool
Hamilton Botanic Gardens – French Street, Hamilton
Camperdown Botanic Gardens – Park Road, Camperdown
Sale Botanical Gardens – Guthridge Parade, Sale
Colac Botanic Gardens – cnr Fyans and Gellibrand Streets, Colac
Enjoy your Mother's Day from all of us at Open Gardens Victoria!