The 11 hectare terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important trees, shrubs and perennials with an overstorey of large blackwoods and mountain ash towering over the natural fern gullies. The garden is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change colour to the many hues of orange, red and yellow.
Pirianda Gardens was started approximately 40 years ago by Mr and Mrs Harvey Ansell of Ansell Industries who built the Ansell house in 1962, after which work began on clearing the land of blackberries and establishing the garden. Many of the plants in the garden came from overseas and the Ansells during their travels personally collected some. The gardens were opened to the public in 1977 when the family gave Pirianda to the State government.
The gardens are open every day of the year from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM from June to September and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM during the rest of the year. The gardens are also home to the Piriander Experience, gourmet monthy dinner parties hosted by Cream at Sassafras.