Garden opening blooms

Cadella Park homestead (supplied).

Residents from across the Macedon Ranges will be able to step into Cadella Park’s extensive park-like gardens for the first time on April 27 and 28.

Open Gardens Victoria will open the historical property which is located in one of the oldest settled areas in the ranges and has a rich pioneering past.

The property consists of a historic collection of farm buildings set across eight acres with a backdrop of rolling pastures and views to Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock.

The main home, the original stone homestead, and a restored barn are among the historic outbuildings that owner Jo-Ann Beck said will be utilised for the opening.

“[There will be] a selection of classic garden party treats, a champagne bar served from the old dairy under our tall Pin Oaks, and a fantastic pop-up cafe,” she said.

“Both days will feature garden tours and talks led by gardener and gardening communicator Simon Rickard, as well as plant stalls, local produce, art and craft, and live music.

“The garden around the manager’s cottage has a real cottage feel with a variety of seasonal flowering plants and native grasses.

“We’ve also moved a small orchard closer to the vegetable garden, where we grow a small amount of produce as well as plants and seedlings in the green house.”

The open garden and fair will take place from 10am to 4.30pm on both days. Tickets for adults are $10, tertiary students $6 (with ID) and under-18s are free.