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Garden Notes
The Garden Notes are written by the garden owners and often tell the story of their garden. We try to provide Garden Notes ahead of the opening for every garden, but unfortunately this is not always possible. Garden Notes will usually be available in the week prior to the garden opening and will remain available online after the garden has opened. A list of available Garden Notes (in pdf format) can be found by using the 'Notes' link next to each garden or the link below.
Bushfire Information
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Garden Name

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Fee

November    Saturday 29 and Sunday 30
Bridget's Food Garden Click here
Bridget's Food Garden
A food forest developed on permaculture principles is an inspiring example of what can be achieved in a small suburban garden. From the 'pick and pluck' verge to the foraging garden behind the house, every area is productive and supplies the family's salad greens, eggs and many different fruits and vegetables. Aquaponic system.
Notes 3 Seville St, Lane Cove 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Mandy's garden Click here
Mandy's garden
A terraced garden grown on permaculture principles. The sunny back lawn is surrounded by beds of herbs, vegetables, shrubs, climbers and perennials with 150 edible plants including pomegranate, tamarillo and fig. Xylosma and camellia hedging; salvia collection; chooks and bees. Blue-mauve garden ornamentation provides focal points. Edible verge plantings.
Talks at 11am & 2pm each day on Permaculture; Pest and Diseases in the Garden; Bees; and Gardening on heavy clay
Notes 5 Second Ave, Lane Cove 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jackie French Workshop for Parents and Teachers
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Jackie French Workshop for Parents and Teachers
A rare and wonderful opportunity for teachers and parents to meet Australian Children's Laureate Jackie French, to hear her story and find out what has nurtured and inspired her as a writer. The day includes a morning tour of Wisbey's commercial orchard and a tour of Jackie's garden - to possibly meet a wombat!
Araluen Valley Bookings Essential $130.00
December    Friday 5
Beyond the Garden Gate:
A Stroll through Reid
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Beyond the Garden Gate: A Stroll through Reid
Join us for a twilight stroll through the historic streets of Reid as several garden owners welcome you into their lovely summer gardens on one special evening. Refreshments will be available.
Notes 5 gardens in Reid 4.30pm-7.30pm
Bookings Available
$25.00
January - February    Saturday 31 and Sunday 1
Preston garden Click here
Preston garden
Striking basalt columns anchor a successful blending of natives and exotics. Blue agapanthus contrast well with orange tiger lilies; proteas and leucadendrons harmonise in subtle greys and pinks. The scent of roses and other fragrant plants permeates the bird-friendly, productive and waterwise garden.
Notes 21 Boobialla St, O'Connor 10am-4.30pm $8.00
February    Saturday 7 and Sunday 8
Tropical Breeze Click here
Tropical Breeze
A rich and lush tropical garden where flourishing crotons add vibrant colour. Frangipanis, brugmansias and palms provide shelter for an understorey of colourful foliage and different leaf textures. Many rare and unusual tropical plants. Balinese lanterns, statues and birdbaths are scattered throughout the garden.

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Notes 24 Johnson Ave, Seven Hills 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Woowoolahra Click here
Woowoolahra
Beautifully constructed rock walls divide rooms in a mature garden where lovely old trees embrace lawns and frame valley views. Magnificent stands of flowering hydrangeas. A cypress woodland opens to a dam abundant with bird life and water lilies. Forty-metre rose arbour; berry garden enclosed with espaliered fruit trees.
Dog agility demonstrations at 11am each day. Vintage and antique jewellery for sale. Seated massages
Notes 6 London Bridge Rd, Burra Sat: 11am-7pm
Sun: 10am-4.30pm
$8.00
February    Saturday 14 and Sunday 15
Stony Ridge Click here
Stony Ridge
From a bare backyard and a few natives at the front, the owners have created an oasis in only six years and on a small budget. Thriving groupings of roses, lavenders and perennials in full summer glory. Apple, pear and fig trees; circular herb garden; native shrubs and grasses.
Notes 23 Darley St, Katoomba 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Diana's garden Click here
Diana's garden
An excellent Australian native garden designed as a continuation of Tuggeranong Hill bushland. Interesting form and foliage is a hallmark of the plantings. White-flowering shrubs, pink kunzeas, banksias, yellow Chrysocephalum apiculatum and lomandras. Sensitively placed rocks enhance a beautiful naturalistic pond fed by a narrow tumbling creek.
Notes 72 Fidge St, Calwell 10am-4.30pm $8.00
February    Saturday 21 and Sunday 22
Historic Inner West: Ewenton House
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Ewenton House
Lush exotic foliage garden overlooking the harbour. Victorian-period plants including palms and African species are a speciality and complement the grand historic house. Terraces are planted with red, blue and shell gingers, bananas, strelitzias, cordylines, yuccas, daylilies and yellow clivias.
At noon on Sunday only: Myles Baldwin, author and landscape designer, will talk about growing a Sydney garden
Notes 1 Blake St, Balmain 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Historic Inner West: Wyoming
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Wyoming
The large garden of a restored grand Italianate Victorian villa is terraced down to the harbour. Mature American oak, large frangipanis, hibiscus, bamboo and blue ginger sheltering crinums, clivias and succulents. Pond with water lilies, lotus and papyrus. Cactus garden; restored orchid house.
Talk by James Broadbent at 2.30pm each day on Wyoming's design and on designing for old houses
Notes 25 Wharf Rd, Birchgrove 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Cottage Garden Click here
Cottage Garden
A garden filled with treasures. An abundance of healthy standard roses, espaliered fruit trees, groundcovers, annuals, numerous salvias and other cottage perennials are complemented by vegetables thriving in raised beds. Clever use of mosaics on pots and ornaments; nature strip filled with a striking array of native species
Notes 18 Ebden St, Ainslie 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Tina's Mosaic Garden Click here
Tina's Mosaic Garden
Cleverly incorporated mosaics and stained glass panels enhance a beautifully maintained Australian plant garden of formal and informal areas. London planes and other mature trees shelter cool-climate shrubs and perennials. Box hedges, delightful Fairy Garden. Enclosed vegetable garden and fruit trees; composting system and chook run.
Mosaic display
Notes 28 Vasey Cres, Campbell 10am-4.30pm $8.00
March    Saturday 7 and Sunday 8
Bermimpi Click here
Bermimpi
An Australian rainforest garden of towering trees shelters an understorey of 70 varieties of bromeliads and a range of subtropical plants including ferns. Over 100 species of Australian rainforest plants including palms, red cedar, lemon myrtle, cycads and kauri pine. A path descends the slope to a creek.
Notes 14 Wintergreen Place, West Pennant Hills 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kings Cottage Click here
Kings Cottage
A towering copper beech and other deciduous trees shelter the established garden surrounding a 1940s house. Shrubberies punctuated by red, silver and yellow foliage. Roses, mollis azaleas and dogwoods are highlights. Urns and statues provide focal points; steps descend to a formal fish pond. Wisteria pergola.
Notes 29 Kings Rd, Moss Vale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Merrilong Click here
Merrilong
A Sculpture Walk passes through garden rooms designed for contemplation and rest. Laurel and cypress hedges enclose beautiful autumn-colouring nyssas, liquidambars, maples and oaks shading two artists' studios. The sculpture trail features contemporary steel works as well as traditional garden ornamentation. Hedged vegetable garden; stone-walled orchard; glasshouse.
Sculptures; artists studio
Notes 8 Kings Rd, Moss Vale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Nepeta Click here
Nepeta
A semi-formal meandering garden is sympathetic to an early 1950s house surrounded by sandstone terracing. Grand century-old Cedrus deodara and lovely collection of Japanese maples. An agapanthus-lined walkway leads under a colonnade of Bhutan cypresses. Small inground fish ponds; vegetable garden.
Notes 1 Kings Rd, Moss Vale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
King garden Click here
King garden
A cleverly landscaped steep south-facing block has been planned with aspect in mind. Succulents thrive in the sun at the top of the garden, which descends to a tropical garden. Tall native trees shelter thriving bromeliads, cordylines and orchids. Palms include Bismarck, Sabal minor and Howea belmoreana.
Notes 288 Del Monte Place, Copacabana 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Wise garden Click here
Wise garden
An award-winning Australian plant garden designed to provide lovely views from the house and the timber entertainment deck. Beyond the formal front garden under a large eucalypt and tuckeroos, a sandstone path leads up past massed palms and midjin berries. Boundary plantings of the holly-leafed fuchsia Graptophyllum ilicifolium.
11am and 2pm: talks by Paul Wise on coastal plantings and pruning natives
Notes 27 Bluewave Cres, Forresters Beach 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kvauka garden Click here
Kvauka garden
A compact garden crammed full of interesting and rare tropical plants from all over the world. Cycads from Mexico, Florida, South Africa, Panama, Australia and the Caribbean. Unusual palms from Madagascar and Australia. Stunning giant white bat plant. Cordylines, orchids, bromeliads and many more.
Notes 6 Gates Place, Kincumber 10am-4.30pm $8.00
March    Saturday 14 and Sunday 15
My Gorgeous Garden Click here
My Gorgeous Garden
A glorious flower-filled oasis uses careful plant selection to ensure flowers all year round. Beneath a huge Lophostemon confertus (Brush Box), a path winds past a weeping mulberry, grasses and perennials. Lawns and paved areas are surrounded by wide, sunny beds overflowing with cottage-style plantings of shrubs and perennials.
Notes 10 Emperor Place, Forestville 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Aldebaran Click here
Aldebaran
The fascinating collection of dry-climate species in an informal Mediterranean setting around sandstone outcrops is a surprise in a Blue Mountains garden. Rare species of South African aloes, euphorbias and Canary Island and Chilean flora are softened by dahlias, salvias, cistus and grasses. Sustainable water use, soil improvement techniques, low maintenance.
Notes 39 Martin Place, Linden 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Paul Bangay at Shirley
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Shirley
An all-seasons mature garden is anchored by strong elements recently redesigned and extended by Paul Bangay. Beautiful mature oaks, elms, ashes, poplars and birches underplanted with shrubs and perennials in a romantic woodland. Hedges, parterres, courtyards, stone walls and steps. Ponds, fountain and a huge lake.
Paul Bangay will be in the garden on Saturday only
Notes 604 Monaro Hwy, Nimmitabel 10am-4.30pm $10.00
March    Friday 20
Behind the Walls
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Behind the Walls
Discover four rarely seen, secluded harbourside gardens at Darling Point, each of them hidden beyond the gates and walls of Carthona Avenue. See the lush sub-tropical sandstone walled gardens and courtyard of the 1840s Gothic mansion Carthona, sheltering beneath huge mature figs and pines. The adjoining garden of Beach Manor is more formal with its hedges and shady courtyard, while at Gingie the creatively planted terraces are full of vibrant tropical foliage. In addition to these three private gardens, enjoy the gracious gardens surrounding the 1834 Scottish Gothic house of Lindesay with its formal parterre, mature trees and lawns bordered by lovely combinations of foliage colour and texture. All the gardens demonstrate just how many species will thrive in salt-exposed spaces
Notes Darling Point Bookings Essential $35.00
March    Saturday 21
Behind the Walls
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Behind the Walls
Discover three rarely seen, secluded harbourside gardens at Darling Point, each of them hidden beyond the gates and walls of Carthona Avenue. See the lush sub-tropical sandstone walled gardens and courtyard of the 1840s Gothic mansion Carthona, sheltering beneath huge mature figs and pines. The adjoining garden of Beach Manor is more formal with its hedges and shady courtyard, while at Gingie the creatively planted terraces are full of vibrant tropical foliage. All the gardens demonstrate just how many species will thrive in salt-exposed spaces
Notes Darling Point Bookings Essential $30.00
March    Saturday 21 and Sunday 22
Plant Fair at Lanyon
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Plant Fair at Lanyon
Mark this date in your diary! Purchase the best of the best plants directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden art, sculpture and top quality garden tools. It's an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike. The Fair is in the beautiful grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heirloom varieties. Throughout the weekend there will be free talks by garden specialists as well as a free children's program, garden tours and house tours.
Notes Tharwa Ave, Tharwa 10am-4pm $10.00


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