Saumarez Homestead

Armidale, NSW, 2350

Saumarez Homestead


Temporarily closed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

The many gardens of Saumarez Homestead The 2 ha (4.4 acre) gardens at Saumarez Homestead, Armidale, were planned and constructed by the Saumarez Whites at the turn of the 19th century to complement and provide a setting for their significant Late Victorian-Edwardian house. They were planned on the model of an English prototype, but included plantings of trees, shrubs and exotics from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. Mary's Garden was inspired by Edna Walling..

Regular Opening Times

Gardens , Grounds and Farm Area open from 10.00 am to 4.00pm from 5th September 2020 to 15th June 2021 on weekends and Public Holidays only. Tickets should be purchased on Eventbrite in advance. (Link to be provided when available)There will be no Guided house tours until further notice and the Saumarez Cafe will be closed. Closed Christmas day and Good Friday

Entry Fee: $8

Grounds only - Adults $8, Concession $6, Family $20
Family: 2 Adults and accompanied children (5-15 years)
Concessions: Seniors, Pensioners, Full Time Students and Children 5-15 Years - Children Under 5 years free
National Trust members - free access to grounds.
Book in advance on Eventbrite (link to be provided when available)

Warning: Uneven surfaces,

Location & Contact Info

  • 230 Saumarez Road
  • Armidale, NSW, 2350

Note: Enter from New England Highway via Armidale Airport

Local Climate Zone: 8-9 - Cool Temperate to Alpine

Summer avg. Max: 26°C Winter avg. Min: 1°C
Avg Frost Days:69
Annual Rainfall avg: 820mm. Summer avg. 315mm.
No. of rainy days: 47 Winter avg. 124mm.

Garden Guide

The many gardens of Saumarez Homestead
By John Atchison (SHAC Chairman) and Les Davis (Property Manager)

Saumarez has three main areas: the house, the garden and the farm centre, which was the original homestead site. The 2ha (4.4 acre) gardens a ...

Saumarez Garden Guide

Saumarez Homestead Garden Guide
The Saumarez garden has always been the setting for the homestead and, in many ways was an extension of the house. It provided spaces for activities which were part of the lives of the family members - in leisure and entertainment - and it contributed food and flowers to the functioning of the house. Today the garden is only a remnant of its former self. When the National Trust took over Saumarez Homestead in 1984 there were fences cutting off the vegetable and Mary's garden as well as the picking garden from the main garden, all of which had become an overgrown tangle of dead and mature growth, where seedlings and noxious species predominated. Slowly the senescent and dead growth is being removed but it is not intended to restore the garden to its original condition. It will be conserved and controlled so that visitors may walk through the different sections and imagine how it may once have looked.
The garden has nine distinct areas:
A The Front (West)
B The Front (East)
H The Front (South)
C Mary's Garden
D Vegetable Garden
E Picking Garden
F Service Area
G The Avenue
R The Heritage Rose Garden Saumarez Homestead
This guide will take you through these areas of the garden. After the description of the garden there is a list of species. You will be able to identify each species by its number which corresponds with the number in this guide.

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Heritage Rose Garden Saumarez Homestead

Heritage Rose Garden Saumarez Homestead opened on 1st November 2015.
The northern NSW branch of the Australian Garden History Society have spent the past four years creating this amazing rose garden on the site of the old Saumarez Orchard.
The Heritage Rose garden at Saumarez Homestead has been established on the site of the old homestead orchard with the nucleus of the rose collection donated by Miss Catherine MacLean, a long time Armidale resident and dedicated rosarian.
The main collection includes over 600 roses representing each of the major rose cultivar groups, mostly bred before 1900. These are displayed in a Tudor rose garden pattern to a design by AGHS member, botanist Ian Telford. The design, consisting of 44 beds in four concentric circles accessed
by gravel paths, traces the history of modern rose breeding through displays from each of the main parent rose species groups.
Adjacent to the formal garden are beds recognising the contribution of important rose breeders in Australia. These include roses introduced into cultivation by Alister Clark (1864-1949), Frank Reithmuller (1884 - 1964), and Olive Fitzhardinge (1881 - 1956). In addition the hybrid musk roses bred in England by Joseph Pemberton (1852-1926) will be included because of their continuing
significance in rose culture.

Saumarez Homestead gardens blooming in the drought

Without rain the gardens at Saumarez Homestead are not as spectacular as they would normally be at this time of the year but there are Spring blossoms to see. Come and see for yourself soon. Cafe open on weekends when house tours are available at 10.30 am 2 pm and 3.30 pm  More Info »

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