Merribee

Numbaa, NSW, 2540

Merribee

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, and well over 10,000 buxus have been planted into complex hedged and topiary gardens. There are formal highly fragrant rose gardens, a lavender paddock with many 1000 lavender bushes, and twenty 'garden rooms'. Come and visit us on Wednesdays from 10am - 3pm from November 3, 2021.

Regular Opening Times

Normally open every Wednesday from 10am - 3pm from NOV 3, 2021
Private tours can be arranged by appointment for groups to have a tour of the gardens with our Head Gardener Andrew Davidson, with morning or afternoon tea served. Minimum of 10 people required and please note there is an additional cost.

Entry Fee: $12

Local residents $6 - 2540/2541 postcodes
Seniors $10
Children under the age of 12 are free.

Warning: Water in the garden

Location & Contact Info

  • 660 Comerong Island Road
  • Numbaa, NSW, 2540

Note: from Sydney 2.5 hours: south on the A1/M1 Princes Hwy, past Wollongong, Albion Park, Kiama, Berry and Bomaderry, cross the Shoalhaven River, past the helicopter, turn next left into Moss St, to Terara & Numbaa Continue 6.6 km. Parking available for 60 cars. Also available for buses.

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

Established in 1850 - A Short History.

Merribee's kaleidoscope of a garden features 2km of pathways that weave through some of the most diverse plantings of trees, shrubs and plants in Australia.

The botanical rooms of this 19th-century estate ...

It is Rose Time at Merribee (from Nov 3)!

There are in excess of 1000 rose bushes at Merribee with approximately 125 different Species and Cultivars represented.

The Heritage Rose Garden traces the evolution of the rose from Ancient and Medieval times through hybridisation with Chinese and other species roses. It has beautiful examples of gallicas, Damascs, Rugosas, Noisettes, Portlands, Bourbons, Tea roses, to name a few.

There are also picking-rose paddocks and a formal rose garden. You can purchase bunches of roses and other flowers on the property.

The Parterre Garden

There are in excess of 10,000 boxwood bushes planted throughout Merribee's gardens. This picture shows one of the smaller gardens, the Formal Parterre Garden. You are able to wander through numerous formal garden rooms, several different Rose Gardens, the hedged Potager Garden, the Secret Garden, the Cottage Garden, Crepe Myrtle Walk, the Edible Garden, the Lavender Paddock, the White Garden, Bunya Bunya Copse, into the Whimsical Garden, filled with topiary of animals and different shapes, the hydrangea gardens, the flower picking paddocks, down the formal alleys, along 2km of gravel paths, and finish up at the adjoining hedging, topiary and rose nursery.
The grounds display an embarrassment of earthly riches - the fragrances waft from every nook and cranny, the birdlife is as vibrant as the garden's rainbow palette and the edible fruits range from mango, guava and apple to pomegranate, banana and an abundance of citrus. The estate is also home to beehives that yield the sweetest Merribee honey.  More Info »

Our Lavender Season is Soon!

The Lavender Paddock will be in bloom from early December and we will start to harvest over the New Year in order to gain the maximum yield from the crop. We predominantly grow Lavandula angustifolia x intermedia 'Grosso' as a commercial crop and we distill the oil from the plants in order to sell either in its pure form, or in potions and soaps, and massage oils. On either side of Christmas, we hold our Lavender Festival across 2.5 weeks, when the field is a beautiful shade of purple. We have workshops including learning how to make a lavender wreath, and photographers often book the paddock at sunrise and sunset for private photography sessions. Keep checking back for the dates and in order to book your tickets early for this year's Festival.

All gardens are accessible

Being on the flats of the Shoalhaven River, all our gardens are on even, accessible ground. You are able to stroll easily from garden room to garden room - and take in the different seasonal blooms and foliage. One can feel one is in Oxfordshire here in the Formal Rose Garden, and then in Verona, in The Italian garden with the tall pencil pines, before, joining the pleached Oaks and Elms and feeling faintly Parisian whilst sipping coffee!

Visitor Comments

I visited Merribee and thoroughly enjoyed wandering through the many garden rooms. Roses, lavender and parterre gardens abound. The coffee and cakes were great too. I loved Daisy! Had a lovely chat with host Lucy Marshall. Well done Merribee! Trudy
Trudy - June 2021
Exquisite,breathtaking a joy to visit, you feel as if you are in Italy or France and you come away inspired. I am so grateful that Merribee is open to the public. It is only open on Wednesday.
Liz - February 2021

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