Our Garden

Our open garden (1.25 acres.) features a spring time display of over 100 varities of peonies – Chinese, Japanese, European and American Tree Peonies and herbaceous borders which flower from spring through to late autumn.

Chinoiserie is a very colourful plant collector’s garden which will bring much pleasure to all those who visit. It features many rare and unusual plants, and it is a very good example of many years of passionate hard work from a bare block.

The site had nothing on it when the garden was commenced, just a sloping block leading to a creek at the bottom end of the property.

The house was completed in March 1999. It is a Storybook cottage which includes a small B & B which has become very popular with guests from Sydney and overseas.

Large collection of peonies.

We have a large peony collection, many tree peonies – mudan -and some herbaceous ones. Chinese and Japanese tree peonies will be in flower mid September to mid October. European and American tree peonies will be in flower mid October to early November. Herbaceous peonies flower from early to late November.

peonies at chinoiserie

Potager Garden.

There is also a potager garden hedged with hidcote lavenders and within the hedging vegetables (cabbages, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, artichokes) and herbs grow together. Nearby are two espaliered apple trees.

Alpine Garden.

An alpine garden has been developed and plants here include lewisas, pasque flower and some small alpine plants.

Herbaceous Borders.

There are three large herbaceous borders with lots of strong colours combining textures and contrasting leaf shapes and here the visitor will find penstemons, salvias, centauras, euphorbias, alstromerias, verbascums, cannas, verbenas and many other beautiful plants.

colourful flowers at chinoiserie

Due to the large borders, large or gigantic perennials are also in place, for example melianthus, romenya, tree dahlias, stipa giantea and foxtail lillies.

Water Garden

There is an extensive water feature with two ponds and a stream between. This attracts a lot of wildlife from around the Highlands.

The planting on the side of the stream uses plants that like the moist conditions such as astibles and hostas.

Woodland Garden.

There has been a large number of trees planted on the property and beyond the bridge over the stream a woodland garden is being developed. In the future, the canopy of the trees will provide suitable plantings of rhododendrons, azalias and bluebells.

the open garden at chinoiserie

When to visit.

The garden in general is at its peak late October/early November, and with colourful displays in autumn.

It will be open from Tuesday 24th September to Sunday 24th November inclusive. Open daily 10.00am to 4.30pm

Opening time: 10.00am to 4.30pm. Other times by appointment only.

Entry fee is $7 per person or $6 seniors and groups by appointment. There are special Peony Weekends in October when the peonies are at their best. Peonies and rare plants for sale.

Car parking is available in Webb Street. Coaches should drop off then move further down the street.