Change of the gardening guard at Cruden Farm

After 48 years as Cruden Farm’s Head Gardener, (or ‘Gardener # 2′ as he prefers to be called) Michael Morrison has retired from the role. Michael is still very involved with the property however and in fact, he is now Cruden Farm’s #1 Volunteer.

Following a lengthy recruitment process, the Cruden Farm Trustees have appointed Mitchell Burns as the new Head Gardener at Cruden Farm. Mitch as he is known, is delighted to take on the responsibility of ensuring that the visions of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and Michael are delivered over the years to come.

Coming from a previous role as Head Gardener, at Cloudehill in Mt. Dandenong, Mitch says:

“Working in gardens throughout Victoria has exposed me to numerous nurserymen and women, new lines of plants, horticulturalists, television personalities and artists. There’s a symbiotic relationship between constantly coming into contact with creative people and putting that creative energy back into the garden.”

Mitch is looking forward to working with the existing Cruden Farm team to continuously improve the gardens and welcome more and more people to Cruden Farm. These days, visitors can come and do a ‘garden wander’ anytime between 10.00am – 4.00pm from Monday to Friday and the gardening team is always happy to answer any horticultural questions. Pre-booked group tours (with morning or afternoon tea) are also very welcome.

In his position as Gardener #3, Mitch looks forward to greeting increasing numbers of the public into the gardens, fulfilling Dame Elisabeth’s will – to enjoy Cruden Farm as a place ofpublic recreation.

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