Moidart is a classic 5 acre garden of rare and specimen plants. The name 'Moidart' comes from a district on the west coast of Scotland. Built by Mr. James Burns in the early 1930s, Moidart remains in the family to this day.
The garden at Moidart was started at the same time as the house and remains true to the original design of the landscape gardener Mr. Buckingham and the designer of the house, Mr. Laidley Dowling. The selection of the tree species for the garden was made by family friend and amateur botanist, Mr. D.W.C. Shiress.
Many of the trees in the garden were planted by long time Mittagong resident, the late Clarrie Worner.
He tells the story of digging a small hole, throwing in a stick of dynamite, and "running like hell". This broke up the solid layer of shale under the surface, and judging by the size of the trees after 80 years this method of planting was very successful.
The classic layout of Moidart's gardens has attracted visitors from all over the world.
Moidart abounds in mature deciduous trees which provide welcome shade in summer, and a dazzling display of colour in autumn. Some of these include giant sequoia, red oaks, golden elms, chestnuts, london plane trees, copper beech, dogwood, tulip trees and cypress. The garden also features many mature conifers, underplanted with rare and collectable shade plants.
Sunken Rose Garden
To the east of the house, surrounded by manicured hedges, is the famous sunken rose garden. Here is a formal layout of beds bordered by box hedges, a central flowering crabapple and gravel paths. It provides a perfect setting for the magnificent display of classic roses and showy peonies from spring through to autumn.
From the Rose Garden, visitors are afforded a series of delightful and leisurely walks. The grandeur of the house entrance with perfect white iceberg roses and tulips lead down to three levels of terraces with lawns and perennial borders (including azaleas, rhodendrons and camellias), and the Hellebore Walk under arching trees.
To the west of the house is a large lawn flanked by elm, beech, and plane trees which leads to the woodland gardens - a secluded parkland surrounded by conifers. Follow the winding soft paths to an abundance of bluebells in spring and spot rare herbaceous species popping up through the warming soil. The deciduous trees make a stunning display of colour during autumn.
The Koi Pond
Gaze through the ornate gates to the koi pond ( closes to the public for safety reasons) and glimpse flashes or red and yellow fish, while admiring the Cornus Kousa in full bloom late spring. Walk past the hairy leaves of the Hydrangea Aperas and through the bamboo tunnel towards the sliver garden featuring Edgeworthia, Sedum, Echiums, Lambs Ears, Lamium, Bulbs and more.
The Bamboo Garden
The Bamboo Garden is a newest feature spot a variety of Arisaema and Hostas nestled under graceful arching clumps of bamboo. The garden also features many of shade and sun loving perennials including ferns and soloman seals.
Moidart also has a wholesale nursery (not open to the public) propagating rare, unusual and collectable plants.
However, there is a retail section in the car park from which visitors can purchase some of these rare plants throughout the year (9.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday and wile the garden is open.)
When to visit:
Moidart is open to the general public daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm during Spring (last entry 3.30pm) – for dates check our calendar.
Entry fee is $7.00pp
kids under 12 Free
Discounts for coach loads over 21 people by prior arrangement.
Our Garden is wheelchair friendly.
Car and coach parking is available in the nursery carpark off Eridge Park Road.
From Bowral, head towards Moss Vale. Turn left at Charlotte St (about 3 km. south of Bowral on the left between Harbison Care and Chevalier College), then right at the end of the street into Eridge Park Road. Moidart is about 150 metres on the left.
From Moss Vale, head towards Bowral. Take the first turn to the right past The Briars (about 5kms from Moss Vale) into Eridge Park Road. Moidart is about 600 metres further along on the right just past the entrance to Chevalier College.
Please note the garden is a private estate and therefore we don't no allow dogs or picnicking in the garden thank you .
Spring / Summer
The Garden is bursting with colourful blooms in spring and summer. The garden changes weekly with new thing popping out of the ground daily and blooms appearing consistently.
Such an exciting time of year.
Winter / Autumn
Tho most of the plants in the garden are sleeping for winter you can still find some interesting plants in flower. Some are bare but have great architectural qualities or just starting to burst into bud. Lets not forget the hellebores no wonder they call them winter roses so bright and beautiful. Then comes the daffodils so bright and cheery to herald in the spring warm.