South-west homesteads, gardens showcased on tour

Minjah homestead (above), near Hawkesdale, is one of six historic homesteads and gardens to be showcased on a two-day tour next month.

Minjah homestead (above), near Hawkesdale, is one of six historic homesteads and gardens to be showcased on a two-day tour next month.

SIX historic homesteads and their significant gardens will be showcased during a two-day tour across the south-west next month.

Garden lovers will be in their element during the coach tour, which is being led by Neil Robertson, a former CEO of Open Gardens Australia.

Terrinallum, north of Darlington, Goodwood, Minjah, Glenthompson’s Toora West, Chatsworth House and Mawallok, near Beaufort, are on the itinerary for the October 14-15 tour.

The properties feature some of Victoria’s earliest gardens designed by Edward Latrobe Bateman and William Guilfoyle. 

Established trees and stone walls provide a strong framework to many of the gardens, while some have been reinvigorated in recent times to reflect more contemporary styles. 

The tour will also include productive gardens that are both fruitful and ornamental, including the kitchen garden at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld.

Further details are available from Open Gardens Australia.

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