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The Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth is a secluded getaway not far from Daylesford and Ballarat.

Each season has something to offer the visitor, including carpets of daffodils in spring, long flowering flower borders in summer and magnificent autumn garden colour.

Stroll around the Diggers Garden Shop and shop for a wide range of incredible edibles, hardy perennials and shrubs and stock up on seeds for the vegetable and flower garden.

Relax over coffee in the cafe and stay on for lunch, morning or afternoon tea surrounded all in the surrounds of the beautiful gardens and Wombat State Forest.

Diggers Garden and Environment Trust

In 2011, Clive and Penny Blazey gifted ownership of The Diggers Club and the gardens of Heronswood and St Erth to the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust.

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

Contact St Erth

St Erth, 189 Simmons Reef Rd
Blackwood, Victoria, 3458

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Gardens, nursery and shop: 03 5368 6514
Open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm.*

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Fork to Fork Café: 03 5368 6520  
Open Thursday - Monday from 10.00am - 3.00pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday).*

REGULAR TRADING HOURS
Open Thursday - Monday from 10.00am - 3.30pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday).

Reverts to regular trading hours from Thursday 11th January 2018

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Entry to wander through St Erth gardens is free for Diggers members and children under 16, and $10 for visitors. There is no entry charge to visit the shop or café.

* Anzac Day - Please note the Garden Shop is open from 1.00pm, the Fork to Fork Café is closed.

* St Erth is closed Good Friday and on any Code Red or Extreme Fire warning days.

Further information

Tour booking information

Find out about taking a group garden tour.

Gardens

Discover a hidden garden gem that has something to offer the visitor with every season

Garden Shop

Shop for all your favourite Diggers seeds, plants and garden hardware and be sure to ask our team for garden advice.

Cafe

Relax over the best coffee in town, enjoy delicious lunches or treat yourself with a scrumptious dessert.

Workshops at St Erth

Seed sowing for your best Autumn vegie patch

28 January 2018 11:00
Discover the wonder and joy of successful seed sowing. Includes choosing seed for beginners, sowing methods, propagation units, soil mixes and more.

Discover pests, predators and pollinators!

28 January 2018 14:00
Learn how to identify common pests, predators and pollinators in your garden and organic treatments to keep your garden healthy.

Summer fruit tree pruning and espalier

04 February 2018 11:00
Pruning in summer has many benefits. It is the best way to train your espalier and fan trees, but also the easiest way to maintain your fruit trees at the height and in the shape you need to suit your garden. Join us to learn more.

Glorious Garlic!

03 March 2018 11:00
Join garlic guru Penny Woodward as she shares her secrets to growing garlic successfully as well as how to harvest and efficiently store your crop for use all throughout the year.

"This goes with that" Perennial Design

03 March 2018 14:00
The Diggers Club prides itself on our perennial borders and our 'This Goes with That' philosophy makes it even easier to design and plant a stunning garden.

Plan & Plant your best ever Winter Vegie Patch

10 March 2018 11:00
Learn how to avoid gluts and have a steady supply of food all year through successive planting, crop rotation, using cold frames and hot houses and making the most of your local climate.

The art of gardening - your ultimate Q&A!

10 March 2018 14:00
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!

Worm farms, composting, tea and bokashi!

11 March 2018 11:00
Do you want to become more self sufficient and enjoy compost from your own household and garden waste? You can 'make your own' compost, learn the necessary conditions and components, incorporating wonderful worms, make a garden tea, and what is bokashi?!

Saving your Heirloom Seed

25 March 2018 11:00
The ideal workshop to understand open pollination, and the science behind seed saving. Learn basic techniques on collection and storage of vegetable and flower seeds, as well as more advanced techniques of harvesting, cleaning and long term storage.

Sowing your Wildflower Meadow

25 March 2018 14:00
Make growing wildflowers a successful pleasure, while also improving your garden's health by encouraging beneficial bugs!

Beekeeping for Beginners - Part 1: The Basics

14 April 2018 11:00
Part 1 of this fascinating workshop series provides an intimate look at the life of bees. A must for anyone who grows their own fruit and vegetables or wants a hive of their own.

Beekeeping for Beginners - Part 2: Extraction

14 April 2018 14:00
Now that you know how to care and nurture your bees, this afternoon’s workshop will teach you all you need to know to harvest the honey.

Olives - Grow, Harvest & Perfect your Brine

15 April 2018 14:00
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.
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