A pastel border of modern herbaceous perennials at Heronswood

About the garden

Heronswood is the home of The Diggers Club. The garden is a living catalogue of plants found in our magazines and books.

We have the largest collection of fruit and vegetables for gardeners and our garden is the first in Australia to be certified organic. Heronswood has five vegetable gardens and it is within these gardens we have rescued the best heirloom vegetables. The garden has extensive plantings of flowers, including perennial borders, dry climate, cottage, annual gardens.

Heronswood is one of the four Victorian gardens listed in the Oxford Companion to Gardens alongside the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Mawallock and Ripponlea which is testament to its standing in the horticultural community.

Vegetable Parterre

Inspired by the French potager gardens using heirloom vegetables in decorative patterns. Three harvests and plantings each year in winter, spring and summer.

Mini Plot

Shows how to grow a years supply of vegetables for two in just 20m2 using Diggers best yielding varieties, in a matrix planting system instead of rows.

Modern herb garden

Modern and culinary herbs are featured in this romantic garden. Plants have been chosen for their medicinal value and well as their fragrant foliage or flowers. 

Evergreen borders

Plants with texture, foliage and form are used to provide interest all year round- even in winter. These permanent plantings are the backbones of the garden. 

Diggers Garden and Environment Trust

Clive and Penny Blazey, founders of the Diggers Club, gifted ownership of their highly successful garden company along with family-owned properties Heronswood and St Erth to the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust in 2011.

“We established the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust to ensure that the work we’ve done over more than 30 years in preserving historic gardens and houses as well as the best garden traditions through education will continue forever,” said Clive.

The Trust strives to convserve historic gardens, buildings and cultural heritage and to protect heirloom seeds.

Contact Heronswood

Heronswood, 105 Latrobe Parade
Dromana, Victoria, 3936

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Gardens, gallery, nursery and shop: 03 5984 7321

Open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm.*

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Heronswood Restaurant: 03 5984 7318
Open 7 days a week, 10:00am until 4.00pm.*

The Members Fork to Fork Restaurant is located within the gardens of Heronswood and it is only accessible to paid visitors to the gardens or members of the Diggers Club. The restaurant offers morning and afternoon teas and a seasonal lunch menu

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Entry to wander through Heronswood Gardens, Gallery and Restaurant is free for Diggers members and children under 16, and $10 for visitors. There is no entry charge to visit the shop.

* Anzac Day - Please note the Gardens and Garden Shop will be open from 1.00pm, the Heronswood Restaurant will open as usual from 10.00am-4.00pm

Further information

Gallery Heronswood

Diggers Garden and Environment Trust Gallery

Restaurant

Members dine in historic Heronswood House with stunning views and dishes featuring heirloom vegetables and local produce.

Workshops

Monthly workshops are held at Heronswood covering all areas of gardening expertise

Tour booking information

Find out about booking a garden tour to learn more about Heronswood gardens and their history

Gardens

Wander through the gardens of The Diggers Club featuring seasonal plantings of heirloom vegetables, fruit trees and glorious flowering annuals and perennials

Garden Shop

Shop for your favourite Diggers plants, seeds and garden hardware. Our team can also help with garden advice to get you growing

Workshops at Heronswood

Heirloom seed saving - The basics

03 March 2018 10:00
Seed is a gardener's inheritance. It can be passed from one generation to the next, acclimatised to your garden through natural selection and allows you to take control of your food supply. Learn basic seed saving techniques in this beginners workshop.

Heirloom seed saving - Advanced

03 March 2018 13:00
This advanced workshop takes a deeper look at seed saving techniques. Learn how to maintain the best qualities in open pollinated varieties so that true-to-type seed can be passed on to friends and family.

Glorious Garlic!

04 March 2018 10:00
If you’re wondering about the best ways to choose, grow and store your garlic, book early for this popular workshop with Garlic Expert Penny Woodward.

Pest Repellent Plants and other organic solutions

04 March 2018 13:00
Penny Woodward will teach you about experimenting and growing pest repellent plants as well as plants that attract predators into your garden.

Discover the world of wild edible Weeds!

17 March 2018 13:00
Learn what tasty and interesting delights can be found as weeds in your own backyard!

Your Ultimate Backyard Orchard - Extended Workshop

07 April 2018 10:00
Whether you are starting from scratch, enhancing your current, or rejuvenating the old and neglected, this extended workshop will arm you with all the necessary tools to ensure a healthy and productive orchard for many years to come.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Autumn Vegie Patch for Beginners

14 April 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.

Soil Ecology, Compost and Green Manures

21 April 2018 10:00
Learn how to create nutrient rich soil to grow your best harvest ever!

Olives - Grow, Harvest & Perfect your Brine

21 April 2018 13:00
Easy to grow, delicious to eat, and prolific at harvest time - Olives! Love them or hate them, they are an attractive and highly functional tree, with a fruit that can be used in a myriad of ways.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Spring Vegie Patch for Beginners

01 September 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.

ALL DAY INTENSIVE - Spring Vegie Patch for Beginners

07 October 2018 09:30
Soil preparation, seed sowing and transplanting in the kitchen garden for budding gardeners.
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