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Alexandra & District Open Gardens

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2024 *  10am - 4pm  *  Come ... be inspired!

Garden #7
Marian Rennie

'Ariah Park' is a stunning large country garden that was started in 1949. It consists of mature dogwoods, magnolias, rhododendrons and many shrubs and bulbs providing a riot of colour. There are also many sculptures throughout the garden.

Garden Owners
Marian Rennie


'Ariah Park' 132 Breakaway Road Acheron

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The garden at Ariah Park was started by Pat Rennie in 1949. After three quarters of a century of love and care, the garden is still nurtured by Pat’s daughter Marian.

The garden covering approximately 2.5 hectares, is set on the deep, rich alluvial soil of the Goulburn River flats, cradled in the valley and stunningly referenced by Mount Cathedral to the south.

Majestic River Red Gums line the nearby Old River while maturing riverbank revegetation planted by Marian’s father John lines the Breakaway River. Well-fed cattle on lush pastures complete a bucolic frame.

The garden itself is an intricate series of trees and shrubs which form lawn rooms framed by shapes, colours and dappled shade. It exhibits a pleasing tension between disorder and order, between youthful exuberance and old growth stateliness. In terms of species, the dogwoods are exceptional.

The garden comes into its own during Spring when the dogwoods, magnolias, rhododendrons and many other shrubs burst into bloom and numerous bulbs emerge, creating a riot of colour.

Marian is an artist and a standout feature of the garden is the way it blends sculptures with living plants. Marian hosts an annual sculpture exhibition in the garden, which attracts entries from Australia and Internationally.



Additional Attractions:

  • Licensed Cafe & Art Gallery
  • 'Ways to the Future' with a series of guest speakers in sustainability.
The Alexandra & District Open Gardens Weekend has been running since 1990 and these are some of the best reasons to consider coming up to Alexandra and the district this October.


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