‘A love of gardens enhances lives and brings with it an appreciation of nature’s beauty. Gardens also provide a counter to the many pressures of day to day living. The spiritual experience of getting back to nature and into gardens is very rewarding.’

Bill Roche

The Gardens founder Bill Roche, embarked on bringing the Hunter Valley Gardens to life in 1999. Bill had a long held ambition to build a garden that would be enjoyed by generations to come, upon retiring he decided the time was right to see that vision come to life. The Garden was planned out to feature 10 differently themed display gardens, with over eight kilometres of pathways, made for easy walking. A team of 40 to 50 gardeners worked on the Gardens for over four years. Bill was amazed by their dedication and commitment to the project.

Opened in October 2003 by the Premier of NSW, the Gardens are bringing joy and excitement to many, welcoming over 300,000 visitors every year.