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.*

Fork to Fork Restaurant is located in the gardens of Heronswood and is accessible to paid visitors to the gardens or Diggers Club members. We provide morning and afternoon teas and a seasonal lunch menu.

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Entry into 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

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

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

Restaurant

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

Gallery Heronswood

Diggers Garden and Environment Trust Gallery

Tour booking information

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

Workshops at Heronswood

Rare and Unusual Trees to add Value and Diversity

12 May 2018 10:00
If you are planting rare or unusual trees, history is on your side, and you now become part of a multi-generational legacy that will continue long after your time.

The Art of Gardening - Your Ultimate Q&A! - Extended Workshop

12 May 2018 13:00
We all have nagging questions that, despite asking Google or a neighbour, just don't get properly answered... In this ultimate 'Q&A' forum, throw your best questions in the ring for Julian and your workshop peers to answer for you, once and for all!

Fermenting your Home Grown Harvest

27 May 2018 13:00
For beginners through to intermediate, this fun and interactive workshop shows you how easy it is to make nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich fermented vegetables at home, to help improve and maintain optimum health

The Art of Espalier

03 June 2018 10:00
Espalier is an ancient form of space saving tree pruning that enables many larger and also highly productive fruit trees to be grown in a small space. This workshop books out fast so don’t miss out!

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning and Care

03 June 2018 13:00
Winter is the perfect time to get into the orchard and tidy up all your fruit trees, to then achieve the best possible crops later over the warmer months.

Complete year-round care of Roses

09 June 2018 10:00
Join us to learn the very best tips and tricks for ensuring a magnificent display from your roses, this year and every year. From pruning, re-shaping, feeding, pest and disease prevention and much much more, we'll cover it all!

Your ultimate guide to Tools – care, maintenance and advice

09 June 2018 13:00
Being a successful gardener isn’t just about having a keen interest and good gardening know how, it is also about having the right tools to assist you in achieving your best results, just like a reliable right hand man!

Botanical Sketching and Watercolors for Beginners

23 June 2018 10:00
Botanical Art has a long science and art based tradition beginning in the 15th century, and this workshop will get you started in creating your own botanical masterpieces and capturing the beauty of nature around you

Potatoes – More than just a simple spud!

23 June 2018 13:00
A staple in most homes, versatile in cooking, and loved by the masses when chipped, chopped, mashed, scalloped or roasted – we all love potatoes. and they’re so easy to grow - join us for all the top tips!

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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