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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).