Experience the Beauty of Spring in the Macedon Ranges
The Macedon Ranges is best known for a ‘Rock’ but our glorious gardens are almost as famous. Visitors return time and time again to the Macedon Ranges to enjoy public and private spaces transformed by the art of garden design.
Behind the walls of the impressive Mount Macedon mansions are some of Victoria’s finest gardens, many National Trust-listed.
Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges
Many are open to the public during the year and present excellent opportunities to get ideas and inspiration for your own garden.
Experience the best gardens in the Macedon Ranges at exclusive ‘Open Gardens’ held during the autumn month of April and throughout spring. The iconic Forest Glade on Mount Macedon, Ard Choille Heritage Garden in Woodend and Bringalbit in Sidonia are open to the public for much of the year (usually on weekends).
For a detailed list of Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges download our brochure: Open Gardens in the Macedon Ranges 2019
Annual Garden Lovers Fair
For green-thumbs, the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s Garden Lovers Fair held every October should not be missed! Hosted on the beautiful gardens of ‘Bolobek’ in Macedon, the Garden Lovers’ Fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet the growers and select from an amazing range of plant and garden treasures.
Botanical Gardens in the Macedon Ranges
Kyneton, Malmsbury and Gisborne boast botanic gardens open to the public seven days a week. The Kyneton and Malmsbury Botanic Gardens are both heritage gardens with many original cuttings from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.
Malmsbury Botanic Gardens offers fantastic views and photo opportunities of the Malmsbury Viaduct. Completed in 1862, this is the oldest masonry bridge in Australia. When it was finished it was one of Australia’s longest stone bridges and still remains one of the finest examples of early bridges in the country. After a relaxing stroll, enjoy a picnic under the willows, pop over the road to enjoy a meal or coffee at Moto Bean Cafe, or a pie at the fantastic Malmsbury Bakery.
In the Kyneton Botanic Gardens you can enjoy a peaceful walk or bike ride along the Campaspe River, a spot of fishing, or a stop by the Kyneton Community Park for a picnic and play.
Plant Nurseries in the Macedon Ranges
Where there are keen gardeners there are great nurseries, and the Macedon Ranges has an overwhelming array. Stephen Ryan’s nursery in Mount Macedon, Dicksonia Rare Plants, is perhaps best known, but the Spring Hill Nursery outside of Tylden is rated by locals for its no-fuss approach and practical selection. Mount William Advanced Tree Nursery in Lancefield offers the gardener feature trees for gardens and private spaces in which the hard work has been done. And the Post Office Farm Nursery in Ashbourne is a specialist breeder and grower of hellebores (winter roses).
If heading to Kyneton, make sure to stop by Rodilesa Plant Nursery or the Garden Tap Nursery. Both are conveniently located on historic Piper Street next to fantastic cafes and shops, so you can really make a day of it!
Floral Workshops & Peony Picking
The Macedon Ranges is host to fabulous floral workshops over the months of spring. You can even go peony picking at Romswood Peony Farm and Spring Hill Peony Farm on selected dates during November. Keep an eye on the ‘What’s On’ section of our website for the most current floral workshops and flower farm open days in the Macedon Ranges.