Garden expert, radio personality and nurseryman Stephen Ryan will host an open garden at his Macedon property in late August.

Open Gardens Victoria is delighted to present a late winter open garden event, opening Tugurium, a fascinating private garden at Macedon on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

Tugurium is the private garden of renowned garden expert, radio personality and nurseryman Stephen Ryan.

Set on a peaceful country lane at Macedon, the garden showcases Mr Ryan’s decades-long dedication to collecting and curating rare and unusual plants.

After a COVID-19 cancellation last year, it will be the first time Tugurium has opened in winter with Open Gardens Victoria.

Mr Ryan’s private woodland-style garden shines in late winter with textured foliage and the forms of various plantings working harmoniously together with small pops of floral plumes to adorn the bare bones of the garden.

Winter flowering hellebores, brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpets), cyclamen coum and various winter flowering bulbs will be highlights.

The garden includes species on the Plant Trust National Plant Collections Register including acanthus, sambucus and osmanthus. 

It is a wonderful garden for exploring, with winding paths meandering through woodland plantings, a restful pond and circular lawn with a small orchard and neighbouring vegetable garden.

Children will love discovering unexpected garden curiosities such as a clipped topiary ‘spider’ and the happy ducks and chickens in the chook house dubbed ‘Cluckingham Palace’.

Visitors can enjoy morning and afternoon tea, view and purchase Craig Lidgerwood’s botanic artwork and peruse the rare plants for sale from Mr Ryan’s nearby nursery Dicksonia Rare Plants.

The garden is located at 8-10 Centenary Avenue, Macedon, with parking available in Marshall Avenue.

The garden is open 10am to 4.30pm on August 27 and 28, with tickets costing adults $10, students $6, while under 18’s are free.

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