More than eighty years in the making and the heart of a working farm, the garden at Cruden Farm is a small piece of country set amid dense suburbia.
The property was left by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch for people to enjoy and consists of wondrous manicured gardens and peaceful walking areas, set amongst interesting bushland and lakes.
The sights and scents at Cruden Farm constantly alter throughout the seasons and there are many plants and trees to be discovered.
The star attraction of Cruden Farm is the garden and the iconic image and star component is the main driveway, planted with over 100 lemon scented gum trees. In truth, there are many gardens to enjoy - each one different in its style, plantings and mood.
Each area was carefully planned by Dame Elisabeth and Michael Morrison, with Michael to this day still implementing her long term plans for various areas across the garden.
Cruden Farm changes dramatically during the seasons, so its worth returning to Cruden Farm to appreciate the different vistas over a 12 month period.
The Picking Garden truly reflects the changing seasons at Cruden Farm and during Spring and Summer is alive with thousands of blooms and much colour. Where food was once grown for the family, as the children left home, Dame Elisabeth replaced fruit and vegetables with more and more blooms. The Walled Garden originally designed by Edna Walling, has undergone changes since it was first planted out in the early 1930's. There are other special areas to explore too including the 'outer garden' and the plantation areas.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Dame Elisabeth's upbringing taught her to love gardens and the land, because as a young wife and mother of four she found herself running two large gardens in city and country.
Neither had a good water supply so she would wake at dawn - a habit that has never left her - to pump water and shift hoses. Or she would do this at dusk after a day's work in the city.
Cruden Farm is located less than an hour from Melbourne and is accessed by a straightforward trip along Eastlink. Exit left onto Cranbourne Frankston Road, (exit 13) continue over McClelland Drive and Cranhaven Road is the first entry on your right.
Cruden Farm has three different entry points but the CRANHAVEN ROAD gate is where we welcome members of the public onto the property. Be aware that your smart phone may direct you to another entry point but only the Cranhaven Road gate (located opposite 10 Cranhaven Rd) will be open.
Delivery trucks must access Cruden Farm via the McClelland Drive gate.
Enter via Cranhaven Road gate
(located opposite 10 Cranhaven Rd)
From Melbourne, catch a Frankston train to Frankston station.
From Frankston, bus routes 771, 789, 790 & 791 all pass Cruden Farm.
Alternatively, catch a taxi from the train station (approx. 5km).
❊ What's On ❊
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 60 Cranbourne Road Langwarrin | Map
✆ 1300 728 900
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Cruden Farm
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Cruden Farm Garden Diaries
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