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The gardens are lovely at any time of year, we visited towards the end of July and the flowers were just starting to bud and deciduous trees are still bare. The focal point goes beneath the trees with mass plantings of Hellebores flowering and with the clearing through the trees you get a magnificent view over the ranges towards Warburton.
The garden is large, covering 40 hectares with lots of untouched Australian natives such as the towering gum trees, fern gullies, grasses and more. There is an ornamental lake toward the bottom of the gardens complete with a small rotunda and places to sit to admire the reflections on the water.
The garden is also a perfect place to take a picnic lunch, there are many lawn areas and picnic tables dotted throughout the entire garden, even on a cold winters day people were enjoying picnics in the gardens and kids were running about keeping warm.
The Spring Festival is an annual event at the gardens and has an impressive amount of flowers in bloom. To give you an idea there are 12,000 Rhododendrons, 12,000 Azaleas, 3,000 Camellias and 250,000 Daffodils which is just to name the largest planted varieties that flower in Spring at the gardens.