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The garden of Ard Choille both botanically and historically is one of the best of the renowned Mt Macedon Gardens, which as a group represent one of the most important and significant collections of Nineteenth Century Gardens in Australia.

Ard Choille is unusual in the context of Mount Macedon Gardens for its siting on the Northern, rather than the Southern slopes of Mt Macedon.

Ard Choille has been rated by the National Trust as one of the 12 outstanding gardens of Mt Macedon and amongst these select gardens Ard Choille is especially noted as being of “exceptional interest”.

Ard Choille captures the feel of a gracious and inspirational 19th century garden and has taken full advantage of the unique cool climate with a huge array of exotic trees and shrubs.

Yvonne Schneider,
[National] Trust News, September 1991. Vol 20

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A Garden of Significance

Ard Choille is opening its gates to the public for the first time in almost 20 years and presents a wonderful opportunity for you to experience this significant garden for yourself.

Ard Choille was established in the 1890’s by William McGregor, Chairman of BHP who sought to create a hill station reflective of his Scottish homeland with lochs and ponds, sweeping lawns and grandly designed gardens. Today, 120 years hence, we enjoy the full majesty of the garden under the towering heights of Birches, Beeches, Elms, Oaks, Firs, Lindens, Rowans, Dogwoods, Planes, Catalpas, Viburnum, Conifers.

The garden includes a particularly fine and rare 19th Century metal shade house classified by the National Trust. This was made in Britain and shipped to Australia and reassembled in the Ard Choille gardens in the 1890s. This is the only one of its kind in Australia.

The native forests of Ard Choille are abundant with indigenous wildlife including a variety of birds, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas and wombats.

Ard Choille adjoins the 6000 acre Macedon State Forest Park with convenient access to natural forest walking trails.

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A Garden of Significance

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