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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Garden Shed gift shop offers a large range of quality gifts, clothes and toys for all ages. The Garden Terrace café is ideal for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of the Oriental Garden from the terrace. Amphitheatre – Located opposite the main entrance.

1. Opening & Closing Hours – 9am to 5pm daily (Closed Christmas Day). 2. How much time to allow for visiting the Gardens? 2-4 hours is optimal. 3. Do you have buggies? Buggy tours are available providing a 30 minute continuous tour. Can we drive the buggy? No, the tours are fully escorted by Hunter Valley Gardens staff. 4. Is there somewhere for coffee/lunch? Yes, The Garden Terrace café is located adjacent to the Garden entry and serves light meals, cakes and hot and cold beverages.
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A lavish display of more than 8,000 roses in a corkscrew design – the colour and scent is truly luxurious!

Over the years Imelda and I have created a number of gardens and open spaces throughout Australia, many of which have won awards. On retirement we thought the time had arrived to act upon our long held ambition to build a garden that would outlast us for many generations to come. A garden which would bring joy and excitement into many lives. Hunter Valley Gardens has many outstanding features including 10 differently themed garden areas with over eight kilometres of pathways, all carefully graded for easy walking. A talented crew of some 40 and at times 50 gardeners worked here week in and week out for over four years construction them. They were all marvellous people and most had a real love of nature and a joy in creating something of beauty for today and for the generations to come. A love of gardens enhances many lives and brings with it an appreciation of nature’s beauty. It also provides a counter to the many pressures of day to day living. The spiritual experience of getting back to nature and into gardens is very rewarding. I think you will appreciate from spending time here exactly what I am talking about, better than my words can describe. Hunter Valley Gardens aims to provide visitors with a magical experience - a combination of the sounds of water and birds, together with a multitude of fragrances and colour. For many, an exciting and enriching experience, for others one of calm and comfort. I trust we have provided something for everyone. Take a piece of the Gardens home with you. Purchase our new DVD from the Garden Shed gift shop. This interactive DVD takes you on a tour of the entire Hunter Valley Gardens property including: • The magnificent Gardens • Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation • Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens • Roche Wines • Weddings, Functions & Conferences

A classic European-style garden featuring an array of topiary, finely manicured ‘terraced’ lawns and over 3,000 Chameleon Rose bushes. Make a wish at the ‘Wishing Fountain’, from which all proceeds are dedicated to local charities. Pass through 180 year old antique Indian Elephant Gates to a superb mosaic of flowers, groundcovers and pebbles surrounded by the aroma of curry. Enjoy the Indian Tea House crafted with traditional Indian décor.


5.Can we come and go? Yes a pass out can be issued for return on the same day. 6. How many gardeners do you have? We have between 20 - 30 Horticultural staff. 7. Do you sell a DVD? Yes our latest version is for sale in the Garden Shed Gift Shop. 8. Who owns the gardens. Are they privately owned? Yes the Gardens are privately owned by Roche Group, a wholly Australian owned family company.


Featuring Bamboo, Weeping Mulberries and spectacular Camellia and Magnolia trees, step through the Chinese Moongate into a different world. Including a majestic 10-metre waterfall and garden beds ablaze with the colour of magnificent annual displays. Enjoy superb views of Hunter Valley Gardens from the top of the waterfall.


Incorporating formal hedges, classic fountains, an array of colourful annuals and statues representing the four seasons.


• Construction of the Gardens began in 1999 and was completed in 2003 by a dedicated team of over 40 landscape gardeners, architects and engineers. • The site had originally been horse paddocks and vineyards. • More than 900,000 cubic metres of soil and clay was moved across the site to shape and form the Gardens and an additional 300,000 cubic metres of quality top soil was added. • The Gardens includes 1,000,000 ground covers, 6,000 trees and 600,000 shrubs with 100km of underground irrigation piping. • The 8km of walking paths are covered with ryhlite, a local crushed sandstone product. • There is 16 hectares or the equivalent of 32 football fields of grass. • More than 500,000 annuals are planted each year, 150,000 in Summer and 350,000 in Winter. • Hunter Valley Gardens was officially opened on 10 October 2003 by NSW Premier Mr. Bob Carr.


A delight for all ages taking the visitor on a journey through childhood dreams, memories and fantasies. Enjoy the Mad Hatters Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty, creative life-size topiary and much, much more!

Enjoy the scented Lavender lining the Italian Grotto with a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of birds and animals.


ORIENTAL GARDEN V Vthe tranquillity of the Japanese Pagoda surrounded by water, native bird life, the exquisite style Enjoy
of Japanese plantings and the largest display of ‘Zoysia’ grass in Australia. A gentle walk past a beautiful cascading waterfall, mass plantings of seasonal annuals, spring floral trees and shrubs surrounding the lake.


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