In the late 1950s George and Ruth Tindale purchased this hilltop parcel of land from a Mr and Mrs Harry Potter (!) The couple had a keen and professional interest in horticulture and spent the next decades shaping the gardens you see today - before Ruth Tindale and family donated them to the Victorian public in 1985.
The Tindale's property is now under the care of Parks Victoria. It features spectacular Mountain Ash but also many exotic flowers, trees and shrubs, which provide visitors with beauty and peace throughout the year.
Typical of gardens in the Dandenongs, acidic, mineral rich soils and cool temperatures provide ideal conditions for magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas and fuchsias.
Winding paths allow you to explore this garden in your own fashion. The paths are a mix of sealed and unsealed and are steep in parts.
Opening hours: Every day except Christmas, 10am-4.30pm (last entry).
DOGS are permitted on-lead only.
There is no admission fee to enter the gardens.
A lovely garden for year-round colour, the George Tindale gardens were gifted to the Victorian public in 1985.
Many of the paths are named for people or families who helped the Tindale's realise their dream of a beautifully landscaped garden showcasing native and exotic species. Bigger map at link.
You'll find some toilets here behind these lovely planter boxes. The toilets were being refurbished at the time of our visit.
You're sure to find somewhere lovely to set yourself down - like beneath the shade of this beautiful oak tree. Other exotic tree species include maples.
As you get down towards the bottom of the gardens you will begin to run out of well-made paths so if you have mobility issues perhaps stick to the top area.
There are a range of walking paths suitable for people of different mobility so find the right route for you.
There are a range of lovely sculptures in the George Tindale gardens, such as this large rock sculpture in the clearing near the garden entry. It's a nice place to sit.