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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

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
November    Saturday 1 and Sunday 2
Sculpture at Coomalong
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Sculpture at Coomalong
Beyond a Japanese landscaped entrance is a large garden sheltered by many tall spotted gums and a mature white mahogany with an understorey of blended native and subtropical species. Seating spaces command magnificent views of Pittwater. Two large aviaries, many vegetable beds, sandstone outcrops.
Exhibition of indoor and outdoor sculpture featuring artworks by Ian Swift, Michael Mandelc, Ole Nielsen, Phillip Hay and Henryk Topolnicki
Notes 8 Lentara Rd, Bayview 10am-4.30pm $10.00
Serenity Click here
Serenity
An inspiring young cottage garden showcasing what is achievable in only a few years. Mature trees frame undulating lawns and beds of flowering plants including salvias, bromeliads, geraniums, foxgloves, lupins, lavender and Australian species. Gazebo with wisteria and roses. Small Japanese Zen area; bonsai collection.
Music for relaxation and meditation
Notes 45 Douglas Rd, Fernhill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Cancelled opening
Hightrees
Wollongong
Windeyer garden Click here
Windeyer garden
A head-turning collection of beautiful plants including many rare treasures. A fresh green canopy of trees shelters many layers of flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, azaleas, lavenders and self-sown annuals. Fritillarias and Euonymus europaeus. Roses and peonies at their voluptuous best. Herbs and fruit.
Notes 50 Golden Grove, Red Hill 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Ampelon Click here
Ampelon
A waterlily lake is wrapped by sweeping lawns leading to formal hedged areas. Woodland garden, massed perennials, 'room' of plane trees, recently added formal gardens with pond and fountain. Malus, maple and rose walks. Beautiful big kitchen garden of fruit trees around a parterre of vegetables and herbs flanked by olives.
Notes 516 Pitman Ave, Gol Gol 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery Click here
Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery
Sitting beside the peaceful Gol Gol Creek, the garden is planted on three levels and features mature elms, maples, silver birches, conifers and magnolias. The exotic trees divide the areas of lawn which host beds of roses, shrubs and perennials.
Notes 11-13 Adelaide St, Gol Gol 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Caralta Click here
Caralta
A shady haven of interesting plant forms, flowers and foliage colour. Lawn paths lead through collections of frangipanis, mandevillas, allamandas, bromeliads, gingers, salvias and coleus. Interesting flowering tropical trees; beautiful bush house for ferns and other shade-lovers. Lovely display of potted plants; large vegetable garden; wonderful pastoral views.
Notes 882 Edenville Rd, Cedar Point (near Kyogle) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Magnolia Manor Click here
Magnolia Manor
Romantic cottage garden using arbours, fences, gates and ornamentation to divide the spaces into rooms. Lovely shrub and climbing roses, port wine magnolias, camellias, azaleas and perennials. Colourful plants spill over a retaining wall; shady areas feature ferns and orchids. Paved terrace with fountain; well-sited garden sculptures.
Notes 198 Summerland Way, Kyogle 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kentgrove Victorian Kitchen Garden Click here
Kentgrove Victorian Kitchen Garden
Recycling and sustainable practices are part of the organic and biodynamic approach in this very productive garden. Around 100 different vegetables, 35 mini fruit trees, 30 vines, herbs and berries cover 800 square metres in covered raised beds. Large rose garden; beautiful old weeping elm, four-tiered pond, native walking trails, indoor rainforest room.
Opening coincides with the 'Goulburn Connects' Sustainability Festival
Notes 67 Gorman Rd, Goulburn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Oatlands Click here
Oatlands
Rambling country garden comprising mainly European plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers in pretty combinations. A large collection of fuschias under shadecloth are a special feature. Tulip tree, buddleias, crab apples, birches, deutzias, roses, camellias and tree ferns. Vegetable garden, chooks.
Notes 346 Boxers Creek Rd, Goulburn 10am-4.30pm $8.00
November    Sunday 2
Riversdale Garden Fair
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Riversdale Garden Fair
The Garden Fair at Riversdale will feature local producers, plant growers, garden sculpture and accessories, and house tours. This National Trust property is the only surviving building of the 'Old Township' of Goulburn as sited by Governor Macquarie. It is renowned for its collection of fine Australian Colonial furniture, arts and craft, and for its garden. At their spring peak will be glorious old roses, bulbs, irises, peonies and many other traditional plants. Elms, a Honey Locust and a flowering Medlar date from the 1840s and 1850s, and some of the fruit trees in the old orchard date from the 1860s.
Visit their website
Notes 1 Maud St, Goulburn 10am-3pm $10.00
November    Saturday 8 and Sunday 9
The Briars Click here
The Briars
A predominantly formal garden design complements and embraces a State heritage-listed 1895 property. Seven garden rooms, several with water features, are punctuated by many mature trees including a spreading elm, palms, jacarandas, Manchurian pear, Chinese elm, pine and a remnant turpentine grove.
Adjoins newly created park with picnic areas
Notes 14 Woonona Ave South, Wahroonga 10am-4.30pm $8.00
The Birches Click here
The Birches
A delightful garden lovingly developed in an amazingly short time. Formal hedges of camellias, magnolias and box are a perfect foil for the softness of massed azaleas, hydrangeas and superb trees including nyssas, metasequoias, willows, poplars, oaks and an outstanding birch grove. Water gardens.
Notes 71 Patterson Lane, Grose Vale 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Curraweena Click here
Curraweena
A pretty cottage-style garden enhances a sympathetically restored historic cottage beneath a framework of established trees. Gravel paths wind past massed informal plantings of lavender, daisies, salvias, irises and roses offset by formal hedging, sculpture and well-placed seating. Newly built stone walls and steps; lovely pastoral views.
Notes 1033 Grose Vale Rd, Kurrajong 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Kay & Martin's Courtyard Garden Click here
Kay & Martin's Courtyard Garden
Bold reds and cool greens define a garden of beautiful mature trees and finely foliaged structural shrubs. Grevilleas, callistemons and dianellas in flower. Philothecas, Lomandra 'Tanika', westringia hedge, hardenbergia, venerable eucalypt and three stunning Cercis 'Forest Pansy'. Creative changes in levels and surfaces add further interest.
Notes 7 Fuller St, Deakin 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Foxy's Garden Click here
Foxy's Garden
A serene and formal front garden with immaculately trimmed decorative hedging gives no hint of what lies behind. A densely planted rainforest beneath a canopy of eucalypts slopes down dramatically from the house. Boardwalks provide level platforms to view the vivid greens of the massed ferns, cycads and maples. Beautiful flowering brachychitons.
Saturday only: a network of lights will provide a magical atmosphere during the evening.
Visit their website
Notes 24 Wongoola Close, O'Connor Sat: 4pm-10pm
Sun: 10am-4.30pm
$8.00
Garden for the Girls Click here
Garden for the Girls
A beautiful streetscape of mature trees shelters a cottage garden filled with colour and scent. Abundant camellias, azaleas and maples are a perfect backdrop to lovely cottage perennials. The back garden of developing rooms includes a rose arbour, French-style potager and delightful children's area.
Notes 4 Hubbe St, Torrens 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Tilse garden
$10 both gardens or $8 one garden
Tilse garden Click here
Tilse garden
Clever and successful contrasts of flower and foliage are highlights in this much-loved garden where winding paths reveal surprises at every turn. Mature camellias, rhododendrons, dogwoods and azaleas give shade and shelter to a fascinating collection of unusual perennials and bulbs.
Notes 12 Howchin Place, Torrens 10am-4.30pm
Joint fee with Garden for the Girls
$10 both gardens or $8 one garden
Olwem Click here
Olwem
Roses, roses, roses! Over 700 glorious fragrant specimens are a special feature of this lovely terraced garden. Abundant spring colour from annuals and perennials sheltering beneath trees. Vegetable garden, extensive olive grove, hazelnuts, pomegranate orchard. Sweeping lawns overlook the Yass River; impressive watering system.
Notes 533 Yass River Rd, Yass 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Silverdale Click here
Silverdale
Pillars of star jasmine overlook a sweeping front lawn and ha ha wall towards views of distant paddocks. A very large 1860 olive tree is a special feature; informal rose garden; mixed plantings of natives. A herb garden leads to a sunken vegetable garden. Propagating shed.
Olive oil, lavender oil, jams and honey for sale. Garden sculptures, aprons, tableware, jewellery and baskets for sale. Display of wool items and garments in woodshed.
Notes 200 Lachlan Valley Way, Yass 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Books, Chooks, Peaches and Wombats
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Books, Chooks, Peaches and Wombats
Hear the fascinating story of a modern commercial peach orchard, see the packing shed at Wisbey's Orchards at work - and get to taste and buy the fruit. Then over lunch the wonderful Jackie French, Australian Children's Laureate will talk about the history of peaches in the beautiful Araluen Valley and how it has inspired her work. After lunch a bus will deliver you to Jackie's garden for a personal tour - and to possibly meet a wombat!
Araluen Valley Bookings Essential $130.00


The Open Garden program of openings for mid-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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