Gardens open seasonally, in Spring and Autumn

Our opening dates for Spring will be:

2 and 3 September 2023

9 and 10 September 2023

Every day from Saturday, 16 September 2023 to Sunday, 5 November 2023. 

We are open by appointment for groups of ten or more at any time. 

Please contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (02) 4756 2018 for further information.

Nooroo is a privately owned garden of great beauty and botanical interest.

Nooroo was built and planted in 1880 by William Hay and original plantings include English oaks, chestnuts, ash and cedars which are underplanted with thousands of bulbs including, bluebells, daffodils and crocus. The display of bulbs are at their best each year in October

The property was owned by the Valder family from 1917 to 1992 at which time, Anthony and Lorraine Barrett bought the property.

Since 1992, the Barretts have maintained the existing formal garden and have also undertaken extensive work to create a number of new garden rooms.

Famous for its wisteria collection, hostas, lilly of the valley and Japanese iris have been planted to compliment the delicate pastels of the wisteria.  Nooroo also has many rare maples, azaleas and rhododendrons.

In April and May, the garden has wonderful autumn colour. Many of the shrubs and maples have been underplanted with white nerines which creates a stunning display, particularly in April.  The colours are at their best in the ten days after April 25th

In Spring, from August to late November, in addition to the Wisteria collection, camellias, magnolias, lilacs, peonies and many other trees and shrubs are in full flower.

A collection of stunning photographs of Nooroo can be seen in the The gardens at Nooroo Photo Gallery and at the Nooroo Facebook page.

Also please visit our website



Take the Yengo video tour to see the sculptures and garden with autumn colours.

Yengo was first purchased by Jesse Gregson in 1877. It was laid out with the assistance of the Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Charles Moore and the Govt Botanist J H Maiden. Yengo is an alpine garden with 143yr old trees (in 2020) such as sequoia, cedar of Lebanon and Spanish cork. It is enhanced by sculptures created by English sculptors Judith Holmes Drewry and Lloyd le Blanc, which have been collected over the years. The garden is open in aid of Australia's first endangered species reserve which has been in place since 1969. We usually charge $10 per person per visit, $3 for children.

The stone house and garden of 'Yengo' has been restored by the owners Peter and Ann Pigott. There are several 100 year old conifers from the Himalayas and North America including: Deodars (Cedrus deodara) and Western Red Cedars (Thuja plicata) which were all planted about 1880. The garden at the rear of the house has also been restored and there is an interesting range of plants in the garden. These include Clematis montana and a white wisteria (Wisteria brachybotrys 'Alba') which has a wonderful scent and also Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' a Japanese form which has been trained over a pergola.

The garden of 'Yengo' is a beautiful setting for some very beautiful garden sculptures. The pieces are the work of two international sculptors, Lloyd Le Blanc and Judith Holmes Drewry, who both work in bronze. Both people, says garden owner Peter Pigott, are leading sculptors who are based in England.

Lloyd Le Blanc is renowned for his sculptures of animals. They are so carefully formed that they seem real. 

Sculptures are limited editions so not all are for sale, but please call the number below for any enquiries. 

Judith Holmes Drewry (died 2011) was a leading portrait sculptor who had a real feeling for depicting the female form through her amazing bronze work. Certain works may still be available for sale at the garden.  For details please call number below.

Yengo has a sanctuary for the rare and very sweet little Parma Wallabies, a native species that has been re-introduced into Australia after they were wiped out by foxes and feral cats. The entrance fee to the garden goes directly to support Australia’s first endangered wildlife reserve, which is for the Parma wallaby, it was thought to be extinct for over eighty years. The Parma wallaby was rediscovered on an island off New Zealand where it had been taken by Sir George Grey after being appointed Governor of N Z. Professor David Ride a friend of Peter’s who was instrumental in their rediscovery was thrilled they were coming back to Australia. 

The reserve is not open to the public.

Open springtime from October up until the first week in November, and autumn the last three weeks of April and the first week of May "Weekends only" or by appointment.  Call 4756 2002 for any enquiries.