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.