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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




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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Reid Bookings Essential $25.00

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

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