Merribee

Numbaa, NSW, 2540

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Merribee is an historic house with 7 acres of ornate gardens. 2km of level pathways wind through the botanical rooms of this 19th-century estate. They range from the Rose Garden, where 1,000 David Austin, Old English and Old French rose bushes beguile with their fragrant aroma, and the formal potager garden, to the Secret Garden, the formal parterre and Italian gardens, the topiary gardens and the Lavender Paddock where 1,000 lavender bushes transport visitors to the fields of France's provence.

Opening Times

Our garden is currently closed during winter (from Jun 26 - Sep 4, 2018) to the general public. However we can accommodate groups, by appointment. Entry $8pp, incl garden tour. Speak with Zara, Tel 0418 476 080.

Private garden tours can be arranged with the Head Gardener, Alan Maxwell, or Owner, Lucy Marshall, with coffee/tea and cakes, and or lunch.

We have a plant nursery with a wide range of plants for sale, including: tubes, small pots and mature topiary plants,

Entry Fee: $8

Entrance is $8pp. Children under 12 are free.

Warning: Water in the garden

Location & Contact Info

  • 660 Comerong Island Road
  • Numbaa, NSW, 2540

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Warm Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 26°C Winter avg. Min: 8°C
Avg Frost Days:0
 
Annual Rainfall avg: 1152mm. Summer avg. 332mm.
No. of rainy days: 51 Winter avg. 238mm.

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Garden Guide

Merribee's garden spans seven acres of sensory splendour. Since purchasing the property in 2000, it's been an evolving masterpiece for Lucy and Richard Marshall. Plant life flourishes in this coastal land, which was first settled in the mid-1800s as ...

Wander at Merribee every Wednesday 10am-3pm!

Over the past 17 years we have planted thousands of hedging plants. Our formal parterre garden is filled with buxus, and buxus forms the borders in our potager garden. Murraya, Vibernum and Crepe Myrtles hide The Secret Garden from view. Tall Bay Trees and Conifers are shaped, Chinese Elms and Oaks are pleached, Quince, Kaffir Lime Pomegranate and guava bushes form more hedges. Birdlife is abundant and if you look carefully, you will find tiny blue wrens and finches in nests in these hedges.

We have a whimsical informal veggie garden also - with several topiary sculptures.

Topiary and hedging plants are able to be purchased from our plant nursery.

You can have morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea at our Cafe on Wednesdays - 10am - 3pm. Please note our garden is closed to the public at present (Jun 26 to Sep 4, 2018), but open to groups by appointment. Please speak with Zara Tel 0418 476 080.  More Info »

Roses galore from mid- October!

The roses at Merribee are a mixture of old English, old French and David Austin, with one or two Australian/New Zealand ones. They are all deliciously fragrant, and hardy, having been grown in the rose paddocks.

At the moment, we have commenced our pruning which will take all of July to complete. From mid- October as the roses begin to bloom again, you are most welcome to choose which roses you would like, and we'll cut and have them ready for you to take with you as you leave the gardens. (We are open every Wednesdays, starting again from September 4, 2018.)

Stay tuned for special High Teas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!!

Buy Topiary and Hedging in our Nursery

We have a selection of buxus plants of different sizes available to purchase from our nursery. Come and talk with Alan Maxwell, our Head Gardener on Wednesdays between 10am-4pm.  More Info »

Fields of lavender

Join us in late November, all December and January, to delight in the sensory beauty of our lavender paddock. We have 1,000 bushes to wander through. We will open our gardens with extended hours, and offer courses learning how to use the lavender, along with special lavender products available to purchase (and eat in our cafe!).

Visitor Comments

I visited Merribee last Wednesday, great to find a garden open mid-week, and what a delightful garden, quirky, formal, relaxing, so many different plantings, roses, lavender, hydrangeas and especially loved sitting under a collection of white crepe myrtles, sitting on lovely white mismatched tables and chairs, having lunch, which I ordered from the vintage caravan. Definitely will make a return visit, as I was told by the very informative gardener that the camellias put on an amazing show later and there are plans to further develop the garden in the future.
Sharyn - January 2018

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