Autumn 2019 - Open Gardens
Look for ‘Open Garden’ signs
Fourteen wonderful gardens are on display. Enjoy their splendid autumn colours and be inspired by their diverse styles and designs. Some gardens are long established, others only a few years in the making. You will find a range of exotic and rare trees, ornamental plantings, plus gardens directed towards sustainable food sources. There are formal gardens, wild gardens, and farm gardens. Meet the gardeners; learn about their methods, plantings and ideas.
Which garden is open on this day:
Fri 26 Apr – Gardens 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (check times at garden listing below!)
Sat 27 Apr – Gardens 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14
Sun 28 Apr – Gardens 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Mon 29 Apr – Gardens 1, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14
Tue 30 Apr – Gardens 1, 5, 10, 13, 14
Wed 1 May – Gardens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 14
Thu 2 May – Gardens 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Fri 3 May – Gardens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sat 4 May – Gardens 1, 5, 6, 7, 8,10, 11, 12, 14
Sun 5 May – Gardens 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
1. Chestnuttree Holiday Units
154 Delany Avenue, Bright. View map.
Entry: Gold coin per adult. Proceeds go to Bright Autumn Festival
Open: Daily 10am – 4pm
Three acres of landscaped gardens, rock walls, hedges, Standard Roses, Dogwoods, Maples, Mt Fuji Weeping Cherries, Catalpas, Weeping Elms & Mulberries.
2. Elm Haven
13 Railway Avenue, Bright. Next to the Bright Museum. View Map.
Ph: 5755 1534
Entry: $3 per adult. Proceeds go to ECSA Dog Rescue
Open: Fri 26, Sat 27 & Sun 28 April, Wed 1, Thu 2 & Fri 3 May – 10am to 4pm
A town garden, set amongst 100-year-old Elm trees. A cottage garden with interesting garden art. The plantings include Azaleas, Camellias and Maples.
3. Peter & Irene Lukey
Peter & Irene
12 Alexandra Court, Bright. View Map.
Ph: 5755 5139 or 0400 085 380
Entry: $4 per adult, $3 concession. Proceeds go to Kidney Health Australia.
Open: Sun 28 April, Wed 1, Fri 3 & Sun 5 May – 10am to 4pm
This lovely 10-year-old garden features flowing manicured lawns, that lead you through raised garden beds shaded by a variety of deciduous trees. This ever-changing garden combines native bushes, bulbs and cottage plants to provide year-round colour and interest in this peaceful garden. A small orchard, scattered fruit trees and berries, and a 4-bed rotation vegetable garden provide a supply of fresh food for family and friends.
4. Tropical Paradise
Lisa & Kellie
7377 Great Alpine Road, Bright. View Map.
Ph: 0408 392 919
Entry: Gold Coin donation pp. Proceeds go to ‘Brighter Days’
Open: Fri 26 &Sat 27 April, Wed 1, Thu 2 & Fri 3 May – 10am to 4pm
The rustic charm of this garden has a distinct tropical feel. You will find Palms, Ferns, a dry river bed and fish pond.
5. Bright Accommodation Park
Open: Daily – 1pm to 5pm
Come and enjoy our garden with the heritage Shaddock Trees. Listed with the National Trust, these magnificent trees are estimated to be approximately 150 years old and situated on what was historically a mining camp operated by the Chinese. These ‘citrus maxima’ are thought to have been imported from Asia and introduced by the English sea captain ‘Shaddock’. Fruit, conserves, preserves and information leaflets will be available.
6. Chalets Lumineux
414 Back Porepunkah Road, Bright. View Map.
Ph: 5750 1700
Entry: $2 per adult. Proceeds to “Save the Bees” (light refreshments included)
Open: Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28 April, Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5 May 11am – 3pm
A beautiful, mature woodland garden, a variety of Arbre, lovely setting to lose yourself in. Colourful oaks, liquidambar, silver birch, azaleas, camellias and much more. Plenty of parking and seating.
7. Mt Buffalo Olives
Colin & Elisa
307 Mount Buffalo Road, Porepunkah. View map.
Ph: 5756 2143
Entry: Gold coin per adult. Proceeds go to the Porepunkah CFA.
Open: Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28, Mon 29 Apr & Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5 May – 11am to 5pm
Elisa and Colin Bertuch of Mt Buffalo Olives invite you to come on a self-guided walk through the olive grove and arboretum that they have established at the foot of Mount Buffalo. Highlights include many well-established trees – a Wollemi Pine, Bunya Pines, Forest Pansys, Oaks, Weeping Mulberries, Weeping Cherry, Maples, Ginkgoes, Ash Trees, Coastal Redwood and many more. Get your mud-maps and Species List of the trees at the Mt Buffalo Olives farm-gate shop at the top of the drive.
8. Homestead Estate Winery & Olive Grove
Noela & Micheal
713 Happy Valley Road, Rosewhite. View map.
Ph: 0417 258 997
Entry: $4 per adult. Proceeds go to ‘Friends of Lacluta’
Open: Sat 27, Sun 28 April & Sat 4, Sun 5 May – 10am to 4pm
The garden was first established in 1869 and has seen many changes. Original trees include Magnolia Grandiflora (1872), a grove of Elms and a Hoop Pine. Recent additions are an avenue of Red Oaks, Ginkgoes, Silver Birch, Magnolias, Manchurian Pears, Claret Ash, two vineyards and olive groves. Roses and Peonies are the stars of the cottage garden and a Camellia Sasanqua hedge in infancy. Wine and olive oil tasting and Devonshire teas are available. Tours of the Historic Homestead at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
9. Buffalo River Native Nursery
Darrell & Cheryl
9 Merriang South Rd, Myrtleford. View map.
Ph: 0448 522 593
Entry: $2 per adult. Proceeds go to Juvenile Diabetes
Open: Fri 26 & Sun 28 April, Fri 3 and Sun 5 May – 10am to 4pm
The garden is about 30 years old and contains mainly natives with a small orchard and vegetable plots. Plants include Callistemon, Grevillea, Banksia, Waratah, Ferns, Kangaroo Paws and Eremophila. Several indigenous plants grow along the river. We run a nursery with heaps of native and non-native plants for sale.
10. Nightingale Bros Alpine Apples Garden
Open: Daily – 10am to 5pm
Many varieties of roses: standard, bush and weeping. Rhododendrons, beautiful Azaleas, Hydrangeas, various Conifers, Poplars, Maples, Dogwoods and many Acers.
11. Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm
Sally & Peter
10 Stony Creek Rd, Harrietville (4km before Harrietville). View map.
Ph: 5759 2558 A/H 5759 2669
Entry: Free, voluntary donation to Church of Christ, Bright
Open: Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28, Mon 29 Apr, Thu 2, Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5 May – 10am to 4pm
Essentially a fish farm with a lot of ponds to wander around. Planted with many deciduous trees, with an array of stunning autumnal colours. And of course, you are welcome to catch a fish! Fish, smoked trout, smoked salmon, delicious pâté & caviar for sale.
12. Lavender Hue
Bill & Verona
20 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville. View map.
Ph: 0408 698 456
Entry: Gold coin per adult. Proceeds to Bright Hospital
Open: Fri 26, Sat 27, Sun 28 Apr, Thu 2, Fri 3, Sat 4, Sun 5 May – 9am to 4pm
Lavender Hue is a charming lavender farm in an idyllic, riverside setting. A tree lined drive of Canadian Maples, Pencil Pines & Liquid Ambers welcomes you, with lavender fields on either side. Relax on the deck or patio, whilst enjoying the warm gold & ambers of our mature wisteria & ornamental grape vanes, listening to the sounds of the sparkling Ovens River. Fresh Devonshire teas, espresso coffee is available to purchase in our tearoom, food orders close at 4pm. Lavender Oil, distilled on the farm, lavender skin care products and dry lavender flowers are for sale in the shop.
13. Granny’s Pantry ‘Secret Garden’
Brian & Jan
56 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville. Viewmap.
Ph: 0400 992 699 or 5759 2699
Entry: Gold coin per adult. Proceeds go to the Harrietville Primary School.
Open: Fri 26, Sun 28, Mon 29, Tue 30 April, Wed 1, Thu 2, Fri 3, Sun 5 May – 10am to 5pm
Started from scratch about 4 years ago, our secret garden is still very much a work in progress. We started with the brick path, quickly followed by the walls creating ‘rooms’ or sections. We love the rustic look and have used corrugated iron and pine poles to add character to the environment. Two of our problems are the severe frosts in winter and the restriction of sunlight due to the large trees nearby. We appreciate visitor comments on how we can improve our small garden. Enjoy our complimentary tea, coffee and bikkies!
14. Shadybrook Cottages
John & Anne
20 Mountain View Walk, Harrietville. View map.
Ph: 0438 050 475
Entry: $5 per adult, $3 Concession. Proceeds to local community groups. Complimentary garden notes, tea/coffee & biscuits. Outdoor toilet available.
Open: Daily – 10am to 4pm
Shady Brook is a large garden set over 8 acres positioned on the Ovens River with a mountain backdrop. It was featured in 2018 on ABC Gardening and has large variety of trees and shrubs, its autumn colour is spectacular, set amongst Rhododendrons, Camellias, and a large and interesting variety of Conifers. Large plantings of Hydrangeas, Roses and Dahlias add a fantastic array of colour. There are many little walks and hidden gardens to explore and to see it all you need to allow at least an hour or more. Plenty of areas to sit and enjoy, you are welcome to explore Shady Brook. Buses and large groups by appointment, garden tours are available.