Rose Garden & Chapel

The History of Dalywaters Rose Garden & Chapel

Dalywaters was previously a healthy outdoor environment for the Neal family. Back then it was twelve acres of horse paddocks and with very little garden.

Gradually, as the children grew and left home, the garden began to take shape. First came the Picking Garden, cultivated for fragrant roses to be picked and sold to local florists. Such was the demand for the informal, fragrant bunches that an annual planting of more roses followed, culminating in the planting of over three thousand roses. With a backdrop of trees, vine covered pergolas and cottage gardens a captivating and charming country garden with six distinct rooms has evolved.

After the first Picking Garden, the Tea House Garden was established with a rose laden traditional latticed tea house surrounded by hundreds of fragrant, long stemmed roses. Six years ago an ornamental lake with a substantial jetty and decking was added below the tea house. A conservatory was also built at the rear of the house followed by a sheltered patio garden. The chapel looks out onto a small vineyard of Pinot Gris now ready for picking and bottling! To the side there is also a Wedding Garden planted out just for picking roses for inside the Chapel and rose petals to throw after the ceremony.

Soon after the Species Garden was planted, consisting of over a hundred old world roses planted in three concentric circles around a golden elm tree.

As the years went by…

Five years later came the beautiful, romantic Delbard Garden. These French roses were introduced into Australia in 2003 and the Australian breeders approached the Neals to trial these gorgeous roses for their suitability for Australian conditions and as a source of bud-wood. A visit to Dalywaters is proof of their adaptability and outstanding performance.

Such was the demand from couples to be married in these gardens that the idea for a charming chapel has become a reality. This beautiful structure, made from white painted weatherboards, lattice and a turret reminiscent of New England has been planted out with forty five climbing white roses surrounded by sixty ornamental pear trees and grape vines. The chapel overlooks a wetland area and it is approached through old iron gates and a vine-covered bridal walk over sixty metres long.

The inspiration evolves

The Nguyen family are the current managers of the Dalywaters Rose Garden & Wedding Chapel. We took over caring for this beautiful venue with a strong love for all things wedding; a passion which has not diminished but only continued to flourish over our time as caretakers of Dalywaters.

The current inspiration for our ceremonies at Dalywaters stems from our love of nature, in particular the beauty found in our Rose Garden. When we took over management of Dalywaters, we saw the great potential in the location, and how devoting our time and love into the venue could result in a stunning outcome.

With the hopes to keep growing Dalywaters and increasing its availability for ceremonies in the future, our team is committed to upgrading Mornington’s hidden treasure through our strong love of both our clients and nature. Nothing thrills us more than creating a special environment for couples to share their love, and our passion can be seen in the dedication we have in making their special days the best they can be. From our friendly consultations to our free-of-charge decoration of the Dalywaters chapel just for your day, the service at Dalywaters is like no other.

Come join our story by choosing this dream wedding venue for your Mornington celebration.

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