About Us

We are…

  • a therapy garden

  • a community garden

  • a community service for people of all levels of ability

  • a place to find rest

  • an animal therapy service

  • a place for kids to learn and discover

  • a place to take inspiration for your own garden

  • a place to learn new skills

  • a place to take fantastic photographs

  • a place for weddings and parties

  • an experiment in social, sustainability and agriculture projects

  • a place to learn mudbricking and other construction

  • a place to make lifelong friends

  • a place to learn more about yourself!


OPENING HOURS: Mon to Sat, 9am – 5pm

PHONE: 0414 784 460


The Secret Garden · UWS Hawkesbury · Clydesdale Lane · RICHMOND   NSW 2753 · Australia

The Secret Garden and the New Secret Garden are managed by Northwest Disability Services.

Services for People of All Ability Levels

Thanks to all who came to the Autumn Fair!

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to our Autumn Fair! We truly appreciate your support, and hope you had a wonderful day. It was one of our major fundraising events of the year. Please know that every other day is free entry and parking. 😃 - Marianne

Like all gardens, the new Secret Garden needs many hands and plenty of inspiration! We're on a mission to recruit new volunteers with special skills (or just a can-do attitude) to come and join us!

Whether you can give one hour or one week, or whether you are 15 or 105, we value your skills.  


Interested? Call Marianne on 0414 784 460.

We run day programs for people of all levels of ability and welcome enquiries from new clients, whether they're individuals or groups.


Enquire about our horticultural and animal therapy programs by calling Marianne on 0414 784 460.


Alternatively, email





















Do Work Experience

With Us.

If you are a high school student and wish to try out horticulture, work with animals OR experience firsthand what it takes to work with people with disabilities, we welcome you to come and spend your work experience placement with us. Contact Marianne on 0414 784 460.

Jess Horsfield, work experience participant and graduate of 2016. We wish her the very best!

The Secret Garden & Nursery is managed by

North West Disability Services is a non–profit community organisation established in 1982. NWDS is a registered Charity and Public Benevolent Institution and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


NWDS believes in the right of people with disabilities to live a full and valuable life within the community. NWDS fully implements and advocates for the appli­cation of the Disability Service Act and Disability Service Standards and complies with all Local, State and Com­monwealth Government requirements.


To find out more about Northwest Disability Services, click here.

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