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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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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 or $20 for all 3 Moss Vale gardens
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 or $20 for all 3 Moss Vale gardens
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 or $20 for all 3 Moss Vale gardens
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
CANCELLED OPENING:
Kvauka garden
Kincumber
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
Please note that the road number has been changed to 3475 Monaro Hwy, Nimmitabel.
10am-4.30pm $10.00
hidden Design Festival                               Sydney suburbs     Click here to go directly to the hidden Festival of Outdoor Design website
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
March    Saturday 28 and Sunday 29
Craig Dhu Click here
Craig Dhu
A copper beech and other magnificent trees enhance a large garden featuring camellias, magnolias, vireya rhododendrons, hedges, banks of azaleas and an extensive rose garden. Japanese windflowers, many salvia varieties, woodland garden with hellebores and bluebells. Collection of Michelia champaca, M. doltsopa and M. yunnanensis. Water feature.
Hanging lights in the trees at twilight
Notes 51 Livingstone Ave, Pymble 2pm-8pm $8.00
Cummins garden Click here
Cummins garden
An avid collector's plantings unfold in a series of surprises. Rare and favourite plants are used in colour schemes to provide year-round interest. Maple-edged pergola walk, secluded circular garden, moon gate, small bridge with waterfall, shaded paths and sculpture. An example of a garden coping well with encroaching shade.
Notes 60 Telegraph Rd, Pymble 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled opening
Flowerfield
Ourimbah
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
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Notes 1325 Old South Rd, Bowral 10am-4pm $10.00
The Kaya Click here
The Kaya
An outstanding garden of exceptional design and breathtaking plant combinations including glorious autumn-flowering perennials. The gravelled parterre showcases purple and grey foliage plants including trimmed 'Crimson King' maples. Grasses are massed with strappy-leafed plants in dramatic combinations. Meadow-like mown grass paths. Exuberant groupings of moisture-tolerant plants near the dams.
Elaine Musgrave's botanical art studio will be open
Notes 68 Clearys Lane, Wildes Meadow 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled opening
Old School House
Lake Bathurst
Terry Hie Click here
Terry Hie
A strong design based on circles and squares linked by pergolas and arches draped in wisteria and roses. Sweeping beds create internal vistas and allow glimpses beyond, and towering trees are balanced by lush underplantings. Nyssa, pyrus, abutilons and crocosmia in lovely autumn colour. New shrubbery in pinks and blues
Notes 3438 Braidwood Rd, Lake Bathurst 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled opening
Table Top Public School Garden
Table Top
Kerr Sustainability Centre Click here
Kerr Sustainability Centre
A community garden of inspiring diversity and surprising size. Individual plots contain a wealth of vegetables, fruit and herbs intermingled with ornamentals. Communal areas are home to fruit trees and perennials, and surrounding plantings provide a habitat for wildlife. Chooks, bees - and possibly the most charming shed in town!

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Notes St Johns Rd, Thurgoona 10am-4.30pm $8.00


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