Musk Open Gardens

Musk Open Gardens


Posted 2023-11-04 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Sat 18 Nov 2023

On Saturday 18 November, as a picnic fundraiser for the Musk CFA, the legendary Musk Open Gardens will open to the public.

Organisers encourage you to bring a rug and make a day of it – enjoy lunch and drinks in the garden.

The day out incorporates a ride on the Daylesford Scenic Railway. walks around gardens, and local providers will provide fine foods, picnic hampers, gin, beer and wine.

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

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.

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.

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 rhododendrons, and 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.

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.

Ray Williams, a renowned plantsman, introduced many new and unusual perennials and transformed the garden even beyond its previous glory.

These gardens will take your breath away.

Bring your picnic rug
Food & coffee from Piccolo Food Van & Salis Gourmet Catering
Wine bar & sales from Tellurian Wines
Beer sales from Hepburn Springs Brewing
Gin tastings & sales from Big Tree Distillery
Plant sales. Raffle. Silent Auction

Cost: $30 Adults /
$15 Children (under 15)
Funds raised will support Musk's CFA.

Bookings online at Trybooking

Ticket price includes a return train journey from Daylesford Station to Musk Farm and entry to both Musk Farm and Musk Manor Gardens. Ample parking is available at Daylesford Station.

Departure from Daylesford: 10 am / Last departure: 3:30 pm
Trains depart every half hour (journey duration 12 minutes)

Note that the very limited parking at Musk Farm is reserved for disabled visitors. Participants with a disabled sticker can email about parking. The gardens are wheelchair-friendly apart from a few spots which can not be fully accessed.

Note that Musk has poor network coverage for credit card processing, so please bring cash for your purchases.


!date 18/11/23
267927 - 2023-11-03 13:16:09


Copyright 2024 OatLabs ABN 18113479226