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A Rambling, Romantic Garden For A Third Generation Farmhouse

Gardens

The Farmstead Tatura is a third generation farmhouse built by current owner Jim Ferguson’s grandfather in 1928.

Emily McEachern moved into the property (about 20 minutes from Shepparton) with Jim six years ago, and has been tending to the grounds and garden ever since. With her love and attention, she’s revitalised the sprawling five-acre garden previously created by Jim’s mother with soft colourful blooms and over 150 roses, reminiscent of an English garden.

4th October, 2022

The Farmstead Tatura is a third generation farmhouse surrounded by a five acre garden. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Emily McEachern moved into the property with Jim six years ago, and has been tending to the grounds and garden ever since. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Emily McEachern and Jim Ferguson at The Farmstead Tatura. Photography – Marnie Hawson

The farmhouse was built by current owner Jim Ferguson’s grandfather in 1928. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Jim’s mother Di had previously created a beautiful flowering scheme surrounding the home that has slowly diminished over time. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Emily’s vision was to facilitate a large, rambling Australian country garden influenced by English cottages. ‘I wanted to create a garden that draws you in and makes you want to spend the whole day out there,’ she says. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Roses are Emily’s favourite flower, particularly billowing David Austin roses that are accompanied by Pat Austin, Abraham Darby, Olivia Austin, Jude The Obscure, Pierre de Ronsard, Boscobel and many more varieties on the property. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Hydrangeas, foxgloves, delphiniums, hollyhocks, snapdragons, and daisies instil an array of additional colour. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Emily says time in the garden flies by, estimating she spends around 20 hours a week on planting and maintenance. Photography – Marnie Hawson

‘A garden is uniquely your own, it’s a beautiful thing to do for yourself, it brings joy without fuss,’ says Emily. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Emily has built on existing tree palette including ginkgo, various maples, weeping elms, and crab apples. Photography – Marnie Hawson

‘The soil composition here is wonderfully rich,’ says Emily. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Irises, cosmos, and chrysanthemums add further height, whimsy, and softness to the garden. Photography – Marnie Hawson

Photography – Marnie Hawson

‘The open grass areas are lovely for playing…Lots of time is spent down there eating strawberries and sugar snaps straight from the bed,’ says Emily. Photography – Marnie Hawson

‘There are over 150 roses in the garden (and counting),’ says Emily. ‘Every bare root season I add to my collection.’Photography – Marnie Hawson

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 4th October 2022

‘A garden is uniquely your own; it’s a beautiful thing to do for yourself — it brings joy without fuss.’ – Emily McEachern

The family of third generation farmer Jim Ferguson has owned this Victorian property, about 20 kilometres west of Shepparton, since its inception in 1928. Known as The Farmstead Tatura, the property comprises 70 acres inclusive of a sprawling five acre garden.

Jim’s mother Di previously created a beautiful flowering scheme surrounding the home that had slowly diminished over time, until Jim’s partner Emily McEachern moved to the farm. 

‘When Di left the property, Jim worked on taking out the garden beds and was concentrating on having a neat lawn and trees as he didn’t have time for maintenance,’ explains Emily. ‘I think there were about five roses left, but the area was filled with magnificent trees including ginkgo, various maples, weeping elms, and crab apples…I just needed to recreate the colour.’

The first order of business was installing some new fences and tidying up the garden that had accumulated all sorts of odd bits and pieces over the years. ‘Generational farms gather lots of old “important” things…’ says Emily.

Her vision was to facilitate a large, rambling Australian country garden influenced by English cottages. ‘I wanted to create a garden that draws you in and makes you want to spend the whole day out there,’ she says. 

Working out the ideal plants to thrive in the environment was a process, but Emily was lucky enough to call on the experience of Di. ‘Who better to ask than the gardener before me!’ 

She started slowly with ‘forgiving, easy to grow’ plants such as salvias, erigeron, and lamb’s ears, and built on this palette over time through a process of trial and error. 

Roses are Emily’s favourite flower, particularly billowing David Austin roses that are accompanied by Pat Austin, Abraham Darby, Olivia Austin, Jude The Obscure, Pierre de Ronsard, Boscobel and many more varieties on the property. ‘There are over 150 roses in the garden (and counting),’ she says. ‘Every bare root season I add to my collection.’

Hydrangeas, foxgloves, delphiniums, hollyhocks, snapdragons, and daisies instil an array of additional colour, as well as agapanthus that line the driveway (‘because what’s a country garden without aggies?!’).

Irises, cosmos, and chrysanthemums add further height, whimsy, and softness. ‘Everywhere now has something to enjoy — the pretty colour and the smell in the garden at times is wonderful,’ says Emily. ‘There is something about brushing against orange blossom or a waft of sweet pea scent.’ 

Emily says time in the garden flies by, estimating she spends around 20 hours a week on planting and maintenance. ‘A garden is uniquely your own; it’s a beautiful thing to do for yourself — it brings joy without fuss,’ she says. 

As The Farmstead Taura evolves, Emily continues to learn more about gardening and how to enrich the beloved country estate. ‘Gardening has been my biggest lesson in life.’

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