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The Charmed Garden at Broughton Hall
The Charmed Garden at Broughton Hallis a celebration – of natural landscape, of human connection and endeavour, and of the sheer beauty of plants. It is also a story of transformation.
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The garden at Broughton Hall is now in 2019; 23years old. The banks, lawns, paths, steps and garden beds were designed and constructed in 1996. Since then it has been the variety of plants, the density of planting and the original, eclectic nature of the planting scheme that has evolved to become a major feature of this garden.
Now in its twenty-third year, the design remains strong and impressive. The planting. original and varied, and the setting, breathtaking. This is a garden to spend time in, slowly moving from one area to another, sitting in every seat, observing, contemplating and relaxing, feeling the integrity with which it was created and appreciating the beauty that The Garden at Broughton Hall offers every visitor.
We hope you enjoy your time in our garden and leave it with a lighter heart and calmer mind.
24 years ago we stumbled along this property and immediately saw the potential of it for a dream garden. With high rainfall, even now, rich red volcanic soil and a good altitude the farm offered all of the ingredients for the making of a great garden. While the view over the Tarago reservoir is spectacular, I was always aware that the garden needed to be more impressive and interesting to keep the visitors attention on the garden, not the view. Now as the garden is maturing in so many ways this is actually true, there are so many amazing plants, secluded areas, dramatic spaces and garden views, as well as many carefully chosen garden ornaments that visitors comment on the view but rave about the garden.
The garden at Broughton Hall is stunning in early spring, September, when the bulbs start popping up and around the time of cherry blossom in October but it is around Melbourne cup weekend when the roses are in full bloom, lasting through to December.
In autumn the bulbs feature again, with autumn roses and the autumn colour, of course, all with the backdrop of tightly clipped hedges and autumn leaves falling everywhere.
Winter with the mist of the water, bare branches, and exposed hedging is a very beautiful time as well, it is a garden for all seasons now.
While there is no intention to make the garden larger, a few fences will be moved out in the next few years to allow for more planting of peculiar species and improve access to the garden for maintenance. There are always more projects to work on and more areas of the garden to re develop so like all gardens it is a work in progress.
Events & function
Private Garden tours
We are more than happy to offer private tours of the garden to groups of 20 or more. We can do morning or afternoon tea, a guided garden tour and access to purchase plants from Musker’s at Broughton Hall, our onsite nursery. There are toilets on the property and easy car and coach parking. Please enquire about availability early as we only do a maximum of two tours per day throughout the season. Consider that while spring is amazing in the garden and is the most popular time of year for garden visits, autumn and winter are also stunning.
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We have a collection of garden ornaments throughout the garden that add interest and visual impact to the garden, including the antique Egyptian gates at the front of the four court to the house, the stone oblique to the right of the house in the top lawn, the hand carved trough next to the gates to the courtyard.
Watch the video to see an overview of the features throughout our garden.
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Winter is a busy time in the garden as we prepare for the big show that is spring. Find out what David Musker is up to at the stunning Garden at Broughton Hall in Victoria.
Here is a selection of images of our nursery, products and just some of our plant range.