Forest Glade Gardens at Mount Macedon is arguably the best privately owned Garden in Melbourne. The gardens are located 66km north west of Melbourne CBD, covering an area of around 5.6 hectares.
The garden encompasses four distinct themes as per the Garden website; English section with huge exotic trees, a Japanese section which includes a Bonsai house, a woodland area with shade loving plants, a fern gully. There is something to see at the gardens at all seasons with its diverse range of flowering plants bringing a visual display in every season.
History of the Garden
Lionel Newton in 1941 purchased the property, extended it and began creating a garden here. A weather board cottage stood at the entrance gates of the property which was the home of Newtons from 1941 to 1971. The cottage was destroyed in 1983 Ash Wednesday fires.
A brick residence built at the centre of the garden replaced it. In 1971, Property Developer Cyril Stokes bought the property and went on to beautify the gardens. He was an avid collector of decorative antiques which forms the Stokes Collection display at the gardens. Details for viewing Stokes collection can be found at the tail end of this article. A registered charity trust was formed in 2011, with the intention of maintaining and keeping the property open to public.
Location: 816 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, Victoria, Australia
Admission: Entry for adults $10, children under 16 with adults admitted free. Handicapped visitors and their carers free admission. Combined guided tour of the garden and the Stokes Collection can be booked for $30 per adult.
Parking: The big disadvantage is no onsite parking. Group or bus tours must be arranged in advance.
Opening Hours: Open from 10am with last entry at 4:30pm. Open every day of the year except on total fire ban days.
Available for Wedding photography.
The Stokes Collection is not open to the public. Adult groups can request an invitation to tour the collection at a cost of $30 per person. This fee includes a tour of both the Collection and Forest Glade Gardens. Smaller numbers can apply for an invitation to reserve a place on a combined group tour. Bookings are essential.