Garden and Visitors Guide

Viewfield is a 10-acre private garden, open rarely for public viewing. Visitors will delight in its tranquil park-like atmosphere where flowing lawns and winding paths lead past majestic 120 year-old Elms and Oaks, tall gums, beautiful Maples in all their autumn glory, ornamental and woodland plantings, perennial gardens and bridges crossing the cool, clear waters of Turritable Creek.

“Viewfield is a constantly evolving garden, providing us with year-round joy. In 2011, when we purchased the 10 acres that comprise Viewfield, we knew we had found something very special. So began our exciting and surprising journey from uncovering the garden’s original structure, to renovating, restoring and developing new areas: All with the goal of representing the unique wonder of the Mount Macedon region. We garden organically, focusing on sustainability. We invite you to come and enjoy all that Viewfield has to offer.””

Vicki and Les Hawken - Viewfield


17 highlights to discover on your walk through this beautiful garden

1. The Glen

Walk past the ornamental perennial borders to the lawn circle. Here, simple planting focuses on golden foliage that compliments this sunny circle.

2. Red Gum Circle and Gratitude Garden

Planted in 2020, the extensive rockwork is complemented by plantings of warm reds and oranges. Along the western boundary of the Red Gum Circle you will find the Gratitude Garden, planted in 2014 with deciduous trees and underplanted with bulbs to introduce the autumn colour for which Mount Macedon is so well known.

3. Glasshouse and Gardens

Here we propagate plants that will be used in new garden plantings. The glasshouse is also used extensively for food production throughout the year and allows us to extend the growing season of many warm season vegetables, such as tomatoes

4. The Fruit Forest

Established in 2016, this garden provides an abundance of fruit. Each of the trees in the fruit forest is carefully pruned to a height that allows easy access to fruit at picking time. Ongoing plans are to plant with productive understorey species and pollinator plants.

5. Picking Garden

This colourful garden provides flowers for our home, as well as food for the many pollinators found in the garden. We seasonally sow new flower crops and also encourage self-seeding species such as Cosmos, cornflowers and poppies that provide wonderful displays year after year.

6. Wisteria Arbour

This arbour has been built to support our beautiful Wisteria specimen.  The original ornamental plum that once supported the Wisteria, finally collapsed under its weight, so a new structure was built. This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the views of the back lawn and the rose garden

7. Weeping Elm

This beautiful tree survived the devastating bushfires of 1983, and is estimated to be 120 years old. Children and adults alike, delight in hiding under its leafy canopy.

8. Waterfall

Take the steps along the Hellebore Walk to the waterfall along the boundary of the Viewfield garden. The original rockwork that forms the waterfall was uncovered during restoration work.

9.Crossover Garden

This extensive area includes plantings of native species and classic woodland plants. To the north can be found massed plantings of Hydrangeas, which are spectacular in autumn

10. Lagoon

The lagoon was uncovered during restoration works and has been rebuilt. It would have been part of the original landscaping works on the property. With Turritable Creek running through it, the lagoon provides a home for tadpoles, frogs and the occasional fish. Extensive new plantings in this area complement the original works, using cool climate species such as Vireya Rhododendron, Mollis Azalea, Epimedium, Hydrangea and Hosta.

11. Fairy Garden

This garden is designed around the mature Irish Strawberry Tree, which has been pruned into the perfect climbing tree for children. It’s a whimsical garden that children love to spend time in.

12. Memory and Rose Garden

Walk through the circular areas of the Memory Garden into the Rose Garden. The original rose garden was restored in 2014. We uncovered and renovated 50 roses, with many more added over the years.

13. Sunset Border

Here predominantly native and Mediterranean style plantings complement the existing mature gums. The colour theme is pinks, oranges, reds and yellows – the colours of sunset.

14. Friendship Garden

This garden features many deciduous tree species and an underplanting of bulbs, with more being added each year.

16. Woodstack Garden

This space features woodstacks created from fallen trees in the garden. It has been planted with a mixture of native and exotic species to provide colour and habitat for native birds and pollinators.

17. Conifer Corner

This is an evolving part of the garden, which has been planted with a mix of conifer, protaecea and native species, providing year-round interest with different foliage colours and textures.