Hedgeley Dene Gardens

Set amidst beautiful residential gardens and period houses, Hedgeley Dene is one of Malvern's most beautiful and popular gardens.

As an established and well-maintained combination of lawn, deciduous and broadleaf trees and an ornamental lake, Hedgeley Dene Gardens link Central Park and the Gardiners Creek valley parklands.

Wedding ceremonies and photography is not allowed in the Hedgeley Dene Gardens.


Originally farmland and cottages situated on a watercourse, the land was purchased by solicitor Edward Charsley in 1877, naming it after his English birthplace, Hedgerley. A golf course later traversed the farm, using the natural waterholes as water hazards.

From 1902 to 1911 the grounds were used as a dairy farm. The waterholes and dam became a popular fishing and yabbying spot, known as Maidment’s Lakes.

Malvern Council purchased 8.5 acres when the land was subdivided in 1911, using it as a quarry, then as a municipal tip, until it was cleared after the First World War. Returned soldiers planted Turkey Oaks, and the gardens were developed from 1924.

For more information, contact our Stonnington History Centre.

Public transport

The nearest public transport services are:

  • Bus route 624 along Wattletree Road
  • Darling train station on the Glen Waverley line.

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