Open Gardens Victoria is holding a special open garden weekend at Dreamthorpe on Mount Macedon, the same weekend as the annual Garden Lovers’ Fair at Bolobek.
Dreamthorpe is one of the original and renowned hill-station gardens of Mt Macedon. Rarely opened, this property harks back to life lived on a grand scale, where beautiful houses and gardens were shielded from public view behind hedges, leaving outsiders to only imagine their sweeping lawns and wonderful plants.
This romantic, tranquil garden has abundant separate sitting spaces (28 at last count), with woodland, herbaceous borders, circles of lilacs and roses, arches planted with roses and clematis, and rhododendrons. Come and meander through these distinctive spaces, over mossy steps and along winding lawn paths that lead you through bulb-filled woodlands carpeted with crocus, naturalised cyclamens, hellebores, snowdrops, daffodils and jonquils. The flowering reaches its crescendo with a vast carpet of bluebells.
Turritable Creek flows through the garden over three waterfalls and under several bridges as it winds its way under a canopy of massive Pin Oaks and Japanese Maples.
In its 130-year history, few people have owned Dreamthorpe. Today’s owners continue the tradition of modifying and enhancing this beautiful place. It is a garden of gently flowing yet distinctive spaces, each with their period of glory, yet melded into a harmonious environment which lifts the spirit and soothes the soul.
Tickets $10 Students $5 Under 18 free