We are located in the little township of Eganstown, a short trip from Daylesford and part of the picturesque Victorian spa country. The nursery is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Wombat State Forest (soon to be the Wombat-Lerderderg National Park) and adjacent to the famous Deep Spring and its historic pump house. We supply an exciting variety of new and old favourite roses and a delightful mix of perennials and garden plants, from rare and unusual to modern landscaping varieties. We look forward to your visit next time you are in the spa country!
The gardens of Spring Park Nursery
We started to plant out the gardens here at Spring Park in June of 1992, with the first oval garden in the front of the property. Over the years we have added to the gardens with many additional plantings. Today, our extensive gardens are home to some 1200 rose varieties and a bright and colourful collection of other plants. Peak bloom time for the rose gardens start in mid-November and continues through to May. If you are coming to see our pacific coast iris collection, they start to bloom from October and continue to November. The garden always has something in bloom and is open to the public free of charge.
History of the land
The gardens at Spring Park were carved out of a wild bush block with a small clearing at the front of the property. In this clearing once stood an old homestead called ‘Woodview’, built by Snr Constable Richard Bourke, who was Eganstown’s first policeman. Richard had a daughter named Catherine, who was to marry Dionigi (Denis) Morganti. When Snr Constable Bourke passed away Catherine and Denis Lived at ‘Woodview’ and raised their family; one son, Mourice, was born at this house. The family moved to Melbourne for work, with Denis becoming a conductor on the trains. During WWI the house was used by family members to escape the city life of Melbourne. After the war the house was burgled and then sadly burnt to the ground.
In any discussion of history, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that the traditional owners of this area are the Jaara (Dja Dja Wurrung) people of the Kulin nation, who have lived here for at least 40,000 years. We recognise their continuing connection to the land, waters and culture and also pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Photos courtesy of Anne Cloonan and the Morganti Family.