Wilson's Mill Garden began in 1987, by Alan and Ann Izard, and covers 7.25 hectares (16 acres). The Garden today, is the result of the team effort of previous owners Alan and Ann Izzard, Rob and Dorothy Brown,Tony Williams and Lee Dunster. The new owners, Kelvin and Lesley Finlay look forward to continuing the legacy. Originally a flax mill, the flax has been replaced by deer and cattle in adjacent paddocks.
An understanding of design and scale and an ability to visualize are evident in the planning of the garden, which has evolved since the house was built and then the major elements of the design put into place.
The Izard's love of trees is evident throughout the garden. There are long avenues and large scale planting of woodland trees, planted for enjoyment over many years. The use of cabbage trees, a tree which is normally seen dotted on coastlines, in farm paddocks or in the bush, in a formal avenue tells you that this is no ordinary garden.
Reaching the lake you look across its lily-clad waters to a long avenue of Tasman poplars ending in a raised mound. The mound is home to an interesting sculpture, which reminds us of the area's agricultural heritage. From the top of the mound there is a view back, across the lake, to the architecturally designed house.
Throughout the changing seasons, visitors to the Garden will be captivated with the colours of summer, appreciate the beauty of the dazzling foliage of the deciduous trees in Autumn, while in Spring, the green vistas will equally impress.