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Musk Farm Open Garden Tours

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Stunning garden tour and Devonshire tea
Musk Farm Daylesford
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There is nothing quite like walking through an exquisite garden, especially when that experience is teamed with a delicious Devonshire tea.

Musk Farm Musk Farm is a three-and-a-half-acre country property, 6 kms from Daylesford.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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The house and grounds started life as the quaint 1872 Musk Primary school but found fame when well-known society interior decorator Stuart Rattle and his partner, Michael O'Neil, purchased the dilapidated schoolhouse in 1998.

While their relationship would end as shocking front page news, the next 15 years were spent developing what had become a blackberry-infested wasteland and derelict building into 14 exquisite garden rooms.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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Rattle was a classicist and decorated the interior into a fantasy with fabrics, cornices, wallpaper, cushions and drapes, antique follies, ­antlered stag heads and 17th-century oil portraits in gilt frames.

But he always identified his favourite place as the outdoor sanctuary, the centrepiece of which is The Oval, surrounded by a circular privet hedge and leading the eye with ornate urns.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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Rattle's creative flair is still evident today through the various vistas that create an excitement of anticipation as to what will come next.

There are formal gardens known as Pembrokeshire, a special section with over 30 varieties of rhododendron, the Woodlands which in spring is a mass of daffodils, grape and blue hyacinths all shaded by oak trees. This area is also home to a magnificent Chinese pagoda, Stuart Rattle's 50th birthday present to himself.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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Other garden rooms include the Autumn Garden, the Rondial, The Font Court, at the rear of the studio, and the Terrace Garden. The North Terrace, a large paved area adjacent to the kitchen door is a wonderful al fresco dining area.

The beautiful property was sold in 2014 after Rattle's untimely death, but more recent owners have continued his legacy of beauty.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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Ray Williams, a renowned plantsman, introduced many new and unusual perennials and transformed the garden even beyond its previous glory. The current owners took over custodianship of the property in February 2018 and have opened up the gardens to the public.

These gardens will take your breath away.

The gardens will be open on Mother's Day but also on other select days throughout the year when they are at the peak of perfection.

Your guide is Ray Robinson a leading Daylesford gardener with over 40 years experience both locally and internationally. The garden tours are designed to be educational as well as entertaining and include a 45-minute walking tour through the 14 garden rooms.

Devonshire tea is offered as part of your tour experience. Weather, permitting, this will be served on the North Terrace and Chestnut lawn. In winter, morning and afternoon tea will be served in the dining room and formal sitting room of the Musk Farm Homestead.

Musk Farm also offers an exclusive accomodation option where you can stay throughout the year in the studio. This also entitles you to a two-hour timeframe, where you can explore these beautiful gardens on your own.

Musk Farm Daylesford
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Tickets for the forthcoming gardening tours are available through Eventbrite - click here.

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Why? Stunning gardens
When: Various dates
Phone: Tickets through Eventbrite
Where: 11 School Road Musk
Cost: $55
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