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A gem of a place
We all know about Tessler's Tulip Farm & Festival and we know that we Melbournians love our gardens and flowers. But did you know there is another garden festival in Mount Dandenong showcasing flowers, and that it's FREE? Rather than highlighting tulips, this garden showcases daffodils.
Hancock's Farm daffodils are in bloom from Friday 24th August until Sunday 30th September 2018. You can simply peruse and enjoy or select and order your favourite varieties for planting next autumn.
The history of Hancock's farm spans 90 years. The founder, a Mr. Harry Brown, was an Englishman who began breeding and marketing daffodils at Ballarat as far back as 1917. In 1935 he moved his farm to Ferntree Gully where his flower farm was known as Lyndale Gardens. In 1945, Mr Brown sold the business to a Mr. Norman Hancock, who later moved it to his property in Kalorama in the Dandenongs. It was taken over again and moved to Menzies Creek in 1967. Now, after nearly 100 years, Hancock's Daffodils offer over 1,000 individual varieties of daffodils to the home gardeners of Australia.
There is a huge outdoor and indoor display as well as cut flowers, collectors bulbs and potted daffodils. There are picnic grounds on site and complimentary tea and coffee are available. When I went with my family it was a real delight. It's very informative too, as all the daffodil species are labelled and the workers are very knowledgeable about the flowers. I didn't know so many varieties of daffodils existed. This was lovely for a half day out. Why not mark this on your calendar for a spring outing?