There’s a major obsession with gardens in this region. With a climate that gives us four distinct seasons, along with ample rain and fertile soils, it’s the dedication of local green thumbs that has resulted in the many historic gardens that flourish throughout the Daylesford Macedon region.

And they love to show them off.  Visit the immaculate gardens dotted around and get a taste of life for Melbourne’s elite in the nineteenth century.

Secret gardens

Behind the walls of the impressive Mount Macedon mansions hide some of Victoriaís finest gardens, many National Trust-listed. Time your visit for the occasional open days in spring and autumn and delight in classic landscaping, as well as quaint cottage gardens. Be sure to check out specialist nurseries like The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood and the Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s Garden Lovers’ Fair in October.

Public spaces

In the 1850s, every Victorian town wanted a botanic garden to elevate its status, educate its residents about plants of the region and provide a tranquil haven away from the growing and bustling cities. The botanic gardens in this region are historic, varied and great spots to visit if you are a keen gardener, outdoor enthusiast or with family and friends.

The region’s botanic gardens

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens (est 1860). Located in Daylesford, these Gardens feature an outstanding collection of rare and notable specimens, many of which are included in the National Trust Register of Significant Trees.

  • Kyneton Botanic Gardens (est 1858). Plant collections include Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) and Quercus (Oak).
  • Gisborne Botanic Gardens (est 1992). Features many New Zealand plant types with Hebe and Pittosporum to name a few.
  • Malmsbury Botanic Gardens (est 1850). The focal point of the gardens is the Ornamental Lake with the formed island at its centre.
  • Castlemaine Botanical Gardens (est 1860). Home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, with a beautiful ornamental lake.

Some of the region’s oldest gardens 

  • Forest Glade, Mt Macedon
  • Tieve Tara, Mt Macedon
  • Garden of St Erth, Blackwood
  • Frogmore, Newbury