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Summer Perennial Border

About the garden

The Garden of St Erth features an extraordinary range of espaliered fruit, heirloom vegetables and drought tolerant flowers.

Thousands of naturalised daffodils carpet the lawns in September, and through the summer months the herbaceous border features Diggers perennials and grasses. The garden culminates in an extravagant display in March for our Autumn Festival. May marks the end of our gardening year with a blaze of autumn-coloured trees and late perennials.

Cocooned in the Wombat State Forest, the bush garden plays host to a variety of native birds, as well as being a place of restful contemplation. The natural spring of Koban's pool is a cool place to escape the summer heat.

“Absolutely delightful, enchanting...I left feeling inspired, uplifted and serene"- visitor feedback March 2013.

The Diggers Club is committed to sustainable gardening and visitors will find inspirational ideas for gardening organically, becoming more self-sufficient and saving precious water while still enjoying nature's bounty.

We are continually refining the garden, looking towards a greener future. As the previous owner, Tommy Garnett, once wrote, "No garden is ever finished, for gardens are apt to be transitory creations". We hope you enjoy your visit to the Garden of St Erth.

Summer garden highlights

Borders of summer flowering perennials are a highlight of summer at St Erth. Romantic drifts of flowers in all shades of pink, apricot, blue, purple and grey are a delight to wander amongst. 

Summer fruits in the garden

The apples and pears in the espalier orchard are maturing and will be ready to pick over the coming months. The vegetable garden is very productive and is supplying the cafe with the fresh produce. 

In 1854 Matthew Rogers, a Cornish stonemason, left Sydney in pursuit of gold discovered near Mount Blackwood in Victoria.

In the 1860s he built a sandstone cottage, naming it 'St Erth' after his birthplace in Cornwall. Rogers attached a wooden building to the western end of his stone cottage which served as a post office and store.

Behind it was a boot factory that formed part of a bustling town of 13,000 people. His daughter Elizabeth and her husband Jim Terrill continued at the store, but as gold ran out, the wooden buildings of the town were moved to Trentham. For a time the house lay empty and the bush moved back in. Eventually it was bought by a group of Melbourne businessmen who called themselves the Simmons Reef Shire Council.

Today, St Erth is a wonderful garden featuring fruit trees, an espalier orchard, heirloom vegetables, perennials, daffodils, tulips, flowering shrubs and a plant nursery.

Contact The Garden of St Erth

The Garden of St Erth, 189 Simmons Reef Rd
Blackwood, Victoria, 3458

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Garden shop open 7 days a week from
10am - 4pm. 

Retail: 03 5368 6514
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Fork to Fork Café: 03 5368 6520

Temporarily Hours: Friday - Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Garden Beds Glamping
Stay onsite in a luxury bell tent decked out in style. Don't miss out on the chance to get out of the city, and wake up in a world class garden!

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Entry to wander through The Garden of St Erth is free for Diggers members and children under 16, and $10 for visitors. There is no entry charge to visit the shop or café.
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*Please note: The Garden of St Erth is closed Good Friday, Christmas day and Boxing day. Open from 1pm on Anzac day.

Gardens

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

Tour booking information

Find out about taking a group garden tour.

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.

Garden Beds Glamping

Stay onsite in a luxury bell tent decked out in style.

The Diggers Foundation

In 2011, Clive and Penny Blazey gifted ownership of The Diggers Club and its two historic gardens - Heronswood and The Garden of St Erth to The Diggers Foundation.

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

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