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.
Open every Wednesday from 10am to 2.30pm. Other times by appointment. Entry by gold coin.
Private garden tours can be arranged with the Head Gardener, Alan Maxwell, or Owner, Lucy Marshall, with coffee/tea and cakes, and or lunch.
Our plant nursery is open every Wednesday 10am-2.30pm or by appointment.
Entrance is by gold coin. Children under 12 are free.
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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 ...
Join our Head Gardener, Alan Maxwell on Wednesdays and learn practical tips on Winter Gardening. Every Wednesday morning in July we will hold a class on Rose Pruning and Winter Rose Care, from 9.30-11.00am. In the afternoons, we offer practical advice and knowledge on pruning Fruit Trees. Hedging tips will also be offered on some Wednesday afternoons. In August, we will offer Vegetable Gardening each Wednesday morning, and Topiary/Hedging Classes in the afternoon.
You are welcome to join just a morning or afternoon class, OR spend the entire day at Merribee. Morning Tea or Afternoon Tea is served inclusive in each course fee. Lunch is also available, should you choose to be at Merribee for the day. Please do look at our website on the Events page, to see our timetable and to book your class.
We look forward to welcoming you to Merribee! More Info »
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 - 2.30pm. More Info »
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 late 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 Wednesday throughout the year.)
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 »
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!).
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