Gardens open this Sunday

SIX of the Derwent Valley’s most interesting and beautiful gardens will be open to the public for a family garden day in aid of the Alcorso Foundation this Sunday, November 11.

  • The Rectory, 2 Bathurst St, New Norfolk
  • Valleyfield, Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk
  • Rosendale, 1980 Lyell Highway, Hayes
  • Meadowbank, 652 Meadowbank Rd, Glenora
  • Leintwardine, 7326 Lyell Highway, Ouse
  • Bridge House, 7 Bridge Street, Ouse

Entry costs $6 per garden or $25 for the whole day. Accompanied children aged under 12 will be admitted free. Picnics welcome. All proceeds from the Sunday Garden Visits go towards the Alcorso Foundation’s annual social justice programs. More information is available by emailing or by downloading the flyer from

The Rectory, 2 Bathurst St, New Norfolk. The Rectory is a two-storey Victorian brick house wit  steeply pitched rooves on the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Bathurst St adjacent to St Matthew’s Church and Arthur Square. This garden, which features old elms and oaks, has been beautifully restored with clipped hedges enclosing camellias, roses and maples and three circular gardens setting off a weeping elm, a weeping birch and a weeping cherry.

Valleyfield, Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk. 800m from the New Norfolk Bridge towards Hamilton on the left hand-side, Valleyfield’s garden spreads from the main road to the edge of the Derwent River. It includes oaks, chestnuts, cedars and maples. Many of the trees are more than a century old. There is rose walk to the river and a garden featuring a parterre and espaliered pears and crab apples. The coach house, stables and oast house will be open to visitors. Valleyfield’s main house was licensed as an inn in 1822.

Rosendale, 1980 Lyell Highway, Hayes. Two kilometres further along the highway on the right hand side David and Annie Johnston have beautifully restored a derelict stone cottage and garden with a distinct air of Provence. The cottage garden combines a wonderful collection of roses (many David Austen) flowers, box hedges and a large vegetable garden. It is home to an attractive selection of mostly grey, white and black chickens (Silkies and Brinkotters). NOTE: Visiting times for Rosendale are 11.30am  to 4.30pm.

Meadowbank, 652 Meadowbank Rd, Glenora. On the way to Westerway and Mt Field
National Park, Meadowbank Rd is a gravel road on the right hand side, 2km past Glenora District High  School. Meadowbank is situated approximately 7km from the main road at the end of Meadowbank Rd. The Victorian sandstone house (1873) is set in a beautiful garden adjoining the vineyard with stunning views over the Derwent River. A few of the original trees remain, some of which are a mulberry, a huge pear and a snakebark elm, as well as a century old wisteria that frames the side verandah. The current garden, mainly planted from 1980, is reaching maturity and follows the plan of the original garden. The garden features low sandstone walls creating terraced lawns and garden beds, which follow the contours of the land. Many roses, rhododendrons, camellias, and other perennial plants and shrubs mingle happily together in this large country garden.

Bridge House, 7 Bridge St, Ouse. Bridge House lies below St John’s Church and is reached by the street to right just past the Lachlan Hotel. The garden occupies land that slopes gently down to the riverbank where there is a small weir of falling water. Bridge House, now a meticulously restored Georgian building was the original Bridge Hotel – famous as a haven for trout anglers and is still home to the wily trout and occasional platypus.

Leintwardine, 7326 Lyell Highway, Ouse. Leintwardine is approximately 3km from Ouse towards Derwent Bridge. The garden surrounds a charming stone house with magnificent sweeping views overlooking the Ouse Valley. The garden features well established trees, flowering cherries, roses and a paved garden with a particularly fine wrought iron gate set into a sandstone wall that leads through to the pool and arboretum.

Derwent Valley Sunday Garden Day:
Sunday 11 November, 2012.
The Alcorso Foundation is hosting its annual
Derwent Valley Sunday Garden Day on
Sunday 11 November, 2012
Some of most beautiful and interesting gardens
in the Derwent Valley are being made available
for you to visit.

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