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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.
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November    Saturday 22 and Sunday 23
Gardenesque Click here
A young garden aglow with the colour and fragrance of perennials, roses and daylilies is further enhanced by a majestic redwood sheltering a large collection of bromeliads. Sandstone raised beds; vegetable garden; well-sited seating. Whimsical integration of recycled and found objects.
Notes 10 York St, Beecroft 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Keep Click here
The Keep
A self-sufficient edible landscape set in tranquil bushland reflects the owners' 40 years of sustainable living. A vegie patch, herb garden, food forest and glasshouse feed the household all year round. Unique food plants; inventive use of recycled materials. Aquaponics, composting, shadehouse, pigs, sheep, chooks, ducks.
Guided tours at 10.30am and 1.30pm (1.5 hour duration) by Judith Collins, author of 'Companion Gardening in Australia'
Visit their website
Notes 61 Balmoral Park Rd, Buxton 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Brimar Click here
An established garden carved out of the bush features mixed plantings of exotic and native species. Trees, shrubs and flowers wrap the house and extend out to a bird-attracting dam covered in water lilies. Lovely sunroom garden; stunning views to the Budawang Mountains. Goats, alpacas, chooks and pheasants.
Notes 9455 Nerriga Rd, Braidwood 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Mikabill Click here
A young novice gardener has created a delightful and inspirational garden in the bush. Meandering paths wind among plantings of rock roses, bottlebrushes, tea trees and other hardy and drought-resistant plants. Vegie garden, chooks. Lovely views to the Budewang Mountains.
Notes 87 Cookanulla Rd, Durran Durra 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Piccolo Click here
A rambling woodland garden with densely planted areas of colourful and fragrant roses, shrubs, herbs and cottage perennials contrasting with peaceful open areas. Mature Manchurian pears lend welcome shade. Crabapple walk, circular box-hedged 'Sea Garden', Salex caprea, rustic-fenced kitchen garden.
Artist's studio open. Bungendore Quilt Exhibition at Memorial Hall
Notes 36 Turallo Terrace, Bungendore 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Werriwa Click here
Beyond a park-like entry and driveway of fine oaks and elms, a traditional country garden embraces an 1882 limestone homestead. Mature trees form canopies over expansive lawns, dry stone walls, gravel paths, courtyards and flower beds. Roses, wisteria, clematis-draped verandahs.
Botanical art for sale. Bungendore Quilt Exhibition at Memorial Hall
Notes 866 Tarago Rd, Bungendore 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Bongalabi Click here
Glorious spring colour from massed bulbs and 400 roses are a foil for the beautiful mature trees sheltering historic stables, terraces and tea house. Lawns enclosed within mellow stone walls sweep down towards a creek. 'Nancy Hayward' roses emblazon the coach house walls.
Notes 2789 Braidwood Rd, Lake Bathurst 10am-4.30pm $8.00
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
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.

Visit their website
Notes 24 Johnson Ave, Seven Hills 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Woowoolahra Click here
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
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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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

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