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Forest Glade Gardens

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published October 4th 2014
One of Australia's finest private gardens

Majestic grandeur are two words that best describe the opulent gardens at 'Forest Glade' located at Mount Macedon. The privately owned 100 year old, 14 acre (5.6 hectare) garden proudly boasts to be one of the finest and largest private gardens within Australia and after a stroll through the gardens, I can't disagree with that.

Forest Glade entry

From the moment we walked through the stately front gates there were masses of spring colour, amazing statues that I would have loved to have taken home, old trees, rambling pathways that all eventually led back onto the main track, 2 bird aviaries, ponds, natural rain forest with hand built rock walls along the pathway, a Japanese garden and so much more.

The best time to visit Forest Glade is in autumn and Spring, Why you ask? In autumn you get the magnificent colours of the deciduous trees before they loose their leaves and in spring you get mass blooms with bulbs, cherry blossoms and just about every flowering plant or shrub. One major spring feature is the daffodil field in full bloom. Take a look below to see just how impressive it is.

Throughout the garden are many different areas, there's a formal garden with large expanses of lawn including arches, hedges, mature trees, stair cases.

The standout of the garden for me was the Japanese garden complete with a water feature with stepping stones across it, topiary trees in various sizes, a bright orange bridge, bonsai house and pebble path.

Japanese Garden

At the bottom of the garden is a lush cool temperate rain forest with beautiful hand made rock retaining walls along the pathways. Every now and then there would be a bright rhododendron flower standing out against the native foliage.

Throughout the garden are some of the most appealing statues that I have seen in a garden. Many are of children, there is one beautiful ballerina statue and some others that are adults.

There's the woodland area that looks to be straight out of a fairy book.

Also within Forest Glade is the Stokes Museum. A guided tour of the Stokes collection ( a collection of 18th and 19th century porcelains, Boulle pieces, tapestries from a South American Palace, extensive paintings, marble and oriental art work) and garden tour cost $30 pp and must be pre booked ( tours are held between Mon- Thurs). Garden entry only is $8 per adult ( children free).

Please note:
Most of the garden is level except for the lower part and stairs are avoidable within the gardens if you stay on the main path.
Unfortunately there are no public toilets on the property.
Parking is limited to the roadside.
You need the correct money to put in the letter box.

These gardens really need to be seen in real life to be appreciated. You could make a day of it and visit nearby garden Tieve Tara and have a picnic at one of these picnic spots.

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Why? To walk around a spectacular garden
When: Open 7 days 10am-4pm September-May
Phone: 0354261323
Where: 816 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon
Cost: $8 per adult, children are free
Your Comment
It's lovely going to see the daffys in the park. Thos statues are quite interesting; some of their heads look a bit disproportionate to their bodies.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2610 days ago
Some really beautiful gardens there -this is definitely on our todo list - thank you Lorraine.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2608 days ago
This looks awesome!
by ozventurer (score: 2|186) 2156 days ago
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