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Description & Photos
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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.
Garden Notes For Gardens That Have Already Opened
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Please note that children under 18 are admitted free of charge

Garden Name

Details & Photo Garden Notes

Address

Hours

Fee

September    Saturday 20 and Sunday 21
Guestlands Click here
Guestlands
Deep garden beds combine perennials, old-fashioned shrubs and newer cultivars in an extensive garden incorporating several different areas. Mature trees, secluded nooks, magnificent rose arbour, Japanese-influenced ponds and cascade. Large lake, outdoor chessboard, formal juniper and box topiary, spring bulbs, standard mauve wisteria, archways and bridges. Parterre-style vegetable bed.
Visit their website
Notes 10 Blacks Rd, Arcadia 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Elegans Click here
Elegans
Four lakes anchor the design of an informal park-like garden developed over 35 years by Bill Fleming. A rainforest area with unusual native species including rainforest trees and a large tree waratah. An outstanding collection of 300 camellias is complemented by 50 Japanese maples, begonias and cordylines.
Notes 21 Fishburn Rd, Galston 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Big Valley Braford Stud Click here
Big Valley Braford Stud
A country garden set in a pretty valley and bordered by a handsome conifer hedge. Raised beds of shrubs and perennials, herbs and vegetables. Formal rose garden hedged with dwarf lilly-pillys. Shade-loving plants beneath palms and trees, including Red Cedars. Shaded rainforest garden. Whimsical garden ornamentation and home-made wire sculptures.
Notes 125 Theresa Creek Rd, Theresa Creek 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Theresa Cottage Click here
Theresa Cottage
The cottage garden around a century-old farmhouse is located at the foot of a spectacular rock escarpment. Old fig trees and bird's nest ferns cling to rocky outcrops, and embankments are planted with colourful shrubs and perennials. Extensive plantings of native trees. Orchard, vegetable garden and chooks.
Notes 157 Theresa Creek Rd, Theresa Creek 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September    Saturday 27 and Sunday 28
Trevlyn Click here
Trevlyn
Paul Sorenson's distinctive book-leaf stonework retains beds filled with beautiful azaleas, rhododendrons and weeping maples. A carpet of grape hyacinths and bluebells creates a magical quality under the canopy of the brilliant new leaves of the many trees, some over a century old. Meandering paths lead to delightful vistas.
Notes 11 Parkes St, Wentworth Falls 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Vinca Glade
$12.00
Vinca Glade Click here
Vinca Glade
Vincas form a carpet throughout the garden, inhibiting weeds and delighting the eye in spring when they flower. Gravel paths wind among circular beds and encompass a circulating stream which runs under three bridges and into an attractive rock pool. Tall slender-trunked conifers shelter azaleas, rhododendrons and tree ferns.
Notes 11 Day St, Wentworth Falls 10am-4.30pm
joint fee with Trevlyn
$12.00
Kawana Gardens Nursery Click here
Kawana Gardens Nursery
Plantsman's garden displaying skilful combinations of colour and texture. A peaceful blend of maples, magnolias and native trees provide a sheltering canopy for a wide range of Australian and exotic species. Well-integrated focal points and restful spaces. Cottage-style borders of herbs, bulbs and herbaceous perennials.
Notes 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September     Sunday 28
Somersby Gardens Click here
Somersby Gardens
Local native flowering species predominate in an expansive garden featuring sandstone boulders, steps and walls. Kangaroo paws and gymea lilies contrast with banksias, grevilleas, waratahs and flowering gums around broad manicured lawns. A stone wall forms an amphitheatre sheltered by a wisteria-covered pergola.
High Teas available
Visit their website
Notes 380 Somersby Falls Rd, Somersby 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October    Friday 3
Retford Park Click here
Retford Park
Established by Samuel Hordern in 1887, the English park and garden features magnificent trees, mature shrubberies and hedged garden rooms, all sustainably managed using organic principles. Rhododendrons and azaleas at their peak in October. Handsome bunya bunyas, redwoods and century-old oaks. Impressive collection of classical and contemporary sculpture.
Donkeys, emus and parrots
Notes 1325 Old South Rd, Bowral 10am-4pm $10.00
October    Saturday 4 and Sunday 5
Retford Park Click here
Retford Park
Established by Samuel Hordern in 1887, the English park and garden features magnificent trees, mature shrubberies and hedged garden rooms, all sustainably managed using organic principles. Rhododendrons and azaleas at their peak in October. Handsome bunya bunyas, redwoods and century-old oaks. Impressive collection of classical and contemporary sculpture.
Donkeys, emus and parrots
Notes 1325 Old South Rd, Bowral 10am-4pm $10.00
Spirit of the Land Click here
Spirit of the Land
Landscape designer Gordon Rowland has created an informal naturalistic garden that blends beautifully with the surrounding Wallingat Forest. Emphasis is on form, pattern and texture to harmonise with the serene lakeside setting. Spring-flowering natives; unusual local and bio-regional species. Sculptures, paved decking, timber jetty, nesting boxes.
Book stall
Notes 111 Tarbuck Park Rd, Pacific Palms 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Lily Ponds Click here
Lily Ponds
An enticing garden set around a series of delightful lily ponds embraced by colourful mixed plantings of natives and ornamentals under established trees. Garden rooms of tropical plantings, succulents, kangaroo paws, irises, daylilies, crepe myrtles and a Japanese Garden. Edible garden with very healthy fruit trees. Rainforest walk.
Garden tours at 11am and 2pm. Demonstration 3pm-4pm by Raw Food specialist (gold coin donation). Mosaic exhibition. Musician in the garden
Notes 19 Hinchinbrook Rd, Burringbar (near Murwillumbah) 10am-4.30pm $10.00
October    Monday 6
Lily Ponds Click here
Lily Ponds
An enticing garden set around a series of delightful lily ponds embraced by colourful mixed plantings of natives and ornamentals under established trees. Garden rooms of tropical plantings, succulents, kangaroo paws, irises, daylilies, crepe myrtles and a Japanese Garden. Edible garden with very healthy fruit trees. Rainforest walk.
Garden tours at 11am and 2pm. Demonstration 3pm-4pm by Raw Food specialist (gold coin donation). Mosaic exhibition. Musician in the garden
Notes 19 Hinchinbrook Rd, Burringbar (near Murwillumbah) 10am-4.30pm $10.00
October    Saturday 11 and Sunday 12
Jours de Rêve Click here
Jours de Rêve
A camellia-lined pebble driveway over a creek leads to four integrated courtyards, terraced gardens, water features and Roman wedding columns. Japanese maples, robinias, weeping pear and a majestic tulip tree overhang hedges of fragrant murraya, gardenia and box. Azalea grove, formal rose garden, spring bulbs.
Notes 15B Day Rd, Cheltenham 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Ivy House Click here
Ivy House
An interesting and structural garden combining formal and informal elements. Hedges define rooms containing creative focal points including old gates, hedged seats, pots of succulents and a stunning huge water pot of arum lilies. Sandstone-walled bed filled with succulents and herbs. Delightful outdoor living spaces; mondo lawns.
Notes 7 Garrick Ave, Hunters Hill 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
Barber garden Click here
Barber garden
A tranquil and private garden redesigned ten years ago using a palette of hardy plants. Well-established trees shelter hedged rooms enclosing a gazebo, water feature and a Japanese-influenced raked pebble garden. Shade-lovers include ferns, azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Succulents, conifers and other hardy plants thrive in sunny areas.
Notes 3 Brassey St, Deakin 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Yellow House Click here
The Yellow House
The organic cottage garden of avid plant collectors. Colourful perennial borders filled with pinks, lavenders, salvias, penstemons, irises, buddlejas, roses and many rarities. Orchard of figs, citrus, elderberries, artichokes and angelica. Culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetable garden. Rare breed chooks.
Lunches and refreshments by Slow Food Shoalhaven
Visit their website
Notes 20 Jervis St, Nowra 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cleveland Click here
Cleveland
A superb garden of sweeping lawns, stunning trees and wonderful deep curving borders. The new spring green of an amazing array of deciduous trees and shrubs is a perfect foil for a glorious mass of perennials and roses in all colours, shapes and sizes. Backed by a long rose pergola a beautiful pond garden features irises, arum lilies and kniphofias under delicate Golden Willows.
Notes 5981 North Star Rd, North Star 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Lucas garden Click here
Lucas garden
This beautiful well-groomed garden reflects the owner's passion for roses. The rose gardens are complemented by majestic trees sheltering smaller ornamental trees, shrubs and hardy perennials. A picturesque riverbank features magnificent river gums, borders of flowering trees and lush green sweeps of lawn. Unusual spiky-trunked Silk Floss Tree Chorisia speciosa.
Notes 59 Rivergums Dve, Goondiwindi 10am-4.30pm $8.00
October    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19
Foggy Dew Click here
Foggy Dew
A skilled horticulturist has created imaginative vistas of bold sculptural plants in a reinvigorated old garden of mature trees. Many rare plants have been imported from overseas. Species peonies, maples, viburnums, ligularias, orchids, irises, rare conifers. Laburnum walk and beautiful wisteria pergola.
Please note that this garden is not suitable for children
Notes 20 Northcote Rd, Leura 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled Opening
Green Fingers
Flynn
Canberra Grammar School
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Canberra Grammar School
The Canberra Grammar School campus is home to some of the city's most historic and cherished buildings and gardens. Founded in 1929, the School boasts a number of heritage-listed buildings, including the iconic Main Quad. The well-established gardens include decades-old plantings and thoughtfully planned beds, all maintained and enhanced by a team of full-time gardeners. In celebration of the School's 85th birthday, a sculpture festival is being held in the grounds of the campus and for one weekend the gardens will be opened in conjunction with Open Gardens Australia so visitors can enjoy both the sculptures and the expansive grounds. Devonshire teas will be served in the School's heritage-listed dining hall and the School's head gardener will give talks at 11am and 2pm on both days
40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill 10am-4.30pm Gold Coin Donation to Boundless Canberra
Ellerslie Cottage Click here
Ellerslie Cottage
Innovative colour combinations in glorious profusion are the hallmark of this cottage garden. A careful selection of perennials ensures something is always in flower. Espaliered and high grafted plants create another dimension above lower plantings. Interesting structures from recycled objects display plants in innovative ways. The productive garden also features ornamentals.
Notes 1747 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Emily Cottage Click here
Emily Cottage
A lovely park-like garden of beautiful lawns and glorious 360 degree views. Over 350 roses in all colours spill over borders and along pergolas, interspersed with daylilies, bearded iris, clematis and perennials. Over 140 crepe myrtles. Extensive vegetable gardens and fruit trees.
Notes 2286C Moss Vale Rd, Barrengarry 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Jungle Click here
The Jungle
Gullies with tree-ferns and large indigenous eucalypts flank a maturing sustainable garden that retains an essence of the bush. Mature exotic trees complemented by newer plantings of local rainforest plants and native trees. Ginger lilies, hydrangeas and cannas below dam.
Quilt display (some for sale)
Notes 90 Walkers Lane, Kangaroo Valley 10am-6.30pm $8.00
Bob & Gaye's Tranquil Garden Click here
Bob & Gaye's Tranquil Garden
A stunning lush tropical garden for all seasons. Wonderful foliage form and colour from bromeliads, cordylines, gingers, crotons, coleus and succulents. Native grass trees, tree ferns and bird's nest ferns blend with salvias, lavenders, roses, begonias, grevilleas and seasonal annuals. Fabulous white and black bat plants. Large fishpond with waterfall.
Notes 9 Timbertops Dve, Coffs Harbour 10am-4pm $8.00
October    Thursday 23
A Garden's Journey, with Graham Williams
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A Garden's Journey, with Graham Williams
One of Canberra's most beautiful gardens in Red Hill is opening for a special Twilight event. Designed as a series of tranquil spaces and with a delightful sense of being in a forest rather than a suburban street the garden features many wonderful trees and shrubs. Cared for by Graham Williams, also known as 'Willow' on ABC 666's Saturday morning Gardening Show, Graham will talk about the history of the garden, its maintenance and development.
Red Hill Bookings Essential $65.00
October    Friday 24
Native Zen Garden
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Native Zen Garden
Informed planting has overcome coastal challenges in this contemporary Australian plant garden overlooking cliffs and the ocean. Banksias and westringias contrast with strappy-leafed rushes and grass trees. Boulders feature in garden and ponds; a dry creek bed is lined with stones and pebbles. Garden watered only by rainfall. As featured on Better Homes and Gardens.
Children must be supervised at all time (cliff edges)
Notes 27 Calvert Pde, Newport 10am-7pm $8.00
October    Saturday 25 and Sunday 26
Native Zen Garden
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Native Zen Garden
Informed planting has overcome coastal challenges in this contemporary Australian plant garden overlooking cliffs and the ocean. Banksias and westringias contrast with strappy-leafed rushes and grass trees. Boulders feature in garden and ponds; a dry creek bed is lined with stones and pebbles. Garden watered only by rainfall. As featured on Better Homes and Gardens.
Children must be supervised at all time (cliff edges)
Notes 27 Calvert Pde, Newport 10am-7pm $8.00
Mount Victoria Click here
Mount Victoria
Three arbours, a chain of ponds and a kilometre of craftsman-built stone walling enhance vistas throughout this impressive garden. Exotic and native species include banksias, grevilleas, mollis azaleas, viburnums, rhododendrons, roses, echiums, bluebells and water iris. Laburnum arch in flower. Culinary garden, orchard.
Sausage sizzle
Notes 184 Victoria St, Mount Victoria 10am-4.30pm $8.00
South African High Commission
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South African High Commission
A vibrant spring display at the front enhances imposing marble statues, and lawns feature specimen trees planted by notable figures including Sir Robert Menzies and Dr Christiaan Barnard. Interesting South African species flourish in sheltered beds. Formal herb garden edged in box and espaliered limes.
Garden tours at 11am and 2pm. Exhibition by local artists. Jumping castle & face painting by Marymead. Access to disabled toilet.
Notes State Circle (Perth Ave), Yarralumla 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Pillans Garden Click here
Pillans Garden
Taking full advantage of its elevated position and backdrop of native bush, the garden showcases Australian plants, many rarely seen in this district. Eucalypts and acacias shelter leptospermums, banksias, grevilleas, melaleucas, waratahs, hakeas and a range of rainforest species. Delightful blurring of the boundary between garden and bush.
Sculpture exhibition by Austrian sculptor Andreas Buisman
Notes 30 Aspen Rise, Jerrabomberra 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Jim's garden Click here
Jim's garden
A garden of two main parts, both with special interest. A Japanese-inspired courtyard makes interesting use of Australian species to create an Oriental look. A beautiful and serene rainforest developed over 30 years uses layers of ferns, palms, climbers and trees in a self-propagating and sustainable haven for birds and wildlife.
Art gallery
Notes 721 Congo Rd, Congo 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Kaz's garden
$10.00
Kaz's garden Click here
Kaz's garden
From Jim's garden, walk through the lovely rainforest along the creek to the more advanced rainforest in Kaz's garden. A beautiful stand of coastal Red Gums shades numerous elkhorn and staghorn ferns, beds feature many varieties of bromeliads, and there is a productive netted vegetable garden.
Notes enter from 721 Congo Rd, Congo 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Jim's garden
$10.00


The Open Garden program of openings for November through until end of June 2015 will be released over the coming weeks. The enitre program through until June 2015 can be found in our Guidebook.




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