The 2.4 hectare George Tindale Garden is a small yet beautiful garden that lies at an elevation of 440 metres. The garden was developed as a Hill Station Garden and has an extensive collection of rare plants which thrive in the deep volcanic soil and mountain climate of the Dandenongs.
History of the Garden
Retired sea man, Captain Joseph Pallant first took up the land in 1893 and turned it into a farm. Even today the garden is sometimes referred as Pallant Hill. The Harper family that owned the land from 1915 to 1938 treated it as a weekend retreat and planted many exotic plants. From 1938 to 58, then owners Harry Potter and his wife also treated the garden as a weekender. When George Tindale purchased the property in 1958, he decided to further develop the garden. George Tindale was a research scientist at the Victorian Department of Agriculture.
George and his wife Ruth, put their energy into it, establishing ornamental planting and creating garden beds. The paths they created in the garden were named after people who assisted them in developing the garden. They collected rare plants and used their horticulture expertise to create the magnificent garden as it stands today.
Many individual specimens that are often rare in cultivation were added to the garden to have something of interest in the garden throughout the year. George Tindale died in 1977. Ruth Tindale donated the garden to the people of Victoria in 1985 and it is now managed by Parks Victoria. Ruth Tindale was awarded the Order of Australia for services to conservation and environment in 1990. She died in 1996. The Victorian Conservation Trust re-purchased one hectare of land that was sold by previous owners in the 1930’s and added it to the Garden in 1985.
Address: 33 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke VIC 3789
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day.
Phone: 13 1963 (Parks Victoria)
Friends of Tindale Garden Website: http://friendsofgtmg.com
Bookings for Weddings or Wedding Photography: email GardensWeddingsBookings@parks.vic.gov.au / (03) 9757 7333.
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