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John Binnion’s extraordinary garden.

28 August - A wonderful woodland to visit.

Talk, garden tour and high tea

Meet at Stanbridge Hall beside the Anglican Church in Central Springs Rd Daylesford at 2pm. Estimated conclusion 5pm


A diverse range of treasures come into their own in late winter and early Spring and John’s garden has been built up and nurtured over decades. John is a collector of the rare and exquisite and he has created a remarkable environment in which to enjoy plants which the rest of us oly encounter in tantalizing international catalogues and specialist plant lists.

His Open Garden on Sunday 28 August is a wonderful opportunity to see species hellebores, very unusual anemones, hepaticas, early iris, winter flowering shrubs and more dainty bulbs than I can list, in a genuine, mature woodland garden. He is a gardener who has become something of a curator of his extensive and painstakingly assembled plant collection.

The plan for the day is that participants will enjoy a talk from John outlining the journey he has taken as a gardener and as a connoisseur of alpines, choice species plant specimens and the gems that light up the wintry world. There will be a copious afternoon tea and plant sale too and the garden visit will be guided and interpreted by John himself.

Given the fragility of his garden, numbers will be limited to round 20 per visit. There will be two visits in the afternoon. 

Places must be secured by prior booking and the cost will be $25.


Can you please email me at 

 and we can arrange your ticket from there. The event is by bookings only.


Let me know if you would prefer the early or later garden visit – we’ll all enjoy John’s talk and then tuck into lashings of what we shouldn’t eat together at Stanbridge Hall


This will be a marvelous opportunity to see something quite remarkable.



Memorial for Stuart Rattle


The Friends of the Gardens Celebrate


Wombat Hill House Café hosted a warm and very convivial winter get-together of 40 members of the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens on Monday 25th June. There was much to celebrate. The open garden at Wombat Park in late April which raised $30,000 took the total raised by the group since November 2011 to $100,000 – an astounding result in less than 6 months!


The Friends are currently working with Hepburn Shire to draw up plans and seek appropriate permissions to get started on work that they hope will be the focal point of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Gardens in 2013. The restoration of the historic Rustic Cascade and Fern Gully will be the Friends’ gift to the Gardens and the Shire.


Monday night was an opportunity to see the progress that has been made by the Growing Friends, a number of members who propagate plants for sale in an area beside the Friends’ Shed. A new potting bench and nursery area complements the plant trolley that has been parked on Sundays outside the Café and hardy and unusual plants are on offer from this dedicated band of supporters of the Gardens.


The next Taylor and Sangster Lecture was also announced. Andrew Lowth and David Marshall will speak on two wonderful German public gardens at the Raglan at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th July. All are welcome. They will share their experiences of the Berlin Botanic Gardens and “The Garden Realm of Woerlitz”, remarkable and charming places that represent over 300 years of botanic knowledge and style.


Information about events, fundraising and general topics of botanic interest, is available on the Friends’ new website at and it also features beautiful photographs of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens courtesy of Rob Hewat.



Wombat Park Daylesford - Open Garden

A rare opportubity to view one of Australia's most impressive and historic private gardens, Wombat Park.

Wombat Park Daylesford Open Garden

Stuart Rattle's Musk Farm - Open Garden

The opening of Stuart Rattle's Musk Farm in Musk, between Bullarto and Daylesford.

Stuart Rattles Musk Farm

Open Gardens Around The Gardens

Five important private gardens, rarely open to the public. Plant sales and 3 brilliant speakers in the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.


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