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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 6 and Sunday 7
Cooinda Click here
Cooinda
A specialist clivia garden with a brilliant display in full bloom, including many varieties developed by hand-pollination and division. A canopy of Flame Trees, Queensland Tree Waratah, Native Frangipani and Christmas Bushes provides shaded areas ideal for the clivias. Many different flower shapes and colours, including yellows, pinks and oranges.
Notes 163 Lindendale Rd, Wollongbar 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Parkers Place Click here
Parkers Place
Attached to a nursery, the garden features a wide range of plants that thrive in the mild Northern Rivers climate. Conifers, magnolias, flowering cherries, Prunus campanulata, crepe myrtles and clivias. Renaissance herbs, beds of cannas and a circular maze of holly.
Notes 197 Lindendale Rd, Wollongbar 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September    Friday 12
Savannah Click here
Savannah
A lake and colourfully planted watercourse feature at the front of a park-like garden of wide lawns and specimen trees beneath tall eucalypts. Formal areas and massed plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, perennials, natives and beds of roses. Water gardens with brightly painted bridges. Vegetables.
Notes 51 Mid Dural Rd, Middle Dural 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September    Saturday 13 and Sunday 14
Grand Gardens of the Hunter Valley
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Grand Gardens of the Hunter Valley
Indulge yourself! Join us on a special weekend break visiting the most significant grand gardens of the Lower Hunter Valley. Ros Andrews, Chair of Open Gardens Australia's Sydney Region, will take you on an unforgettable visit to three private gardens which are rarely open to the public. Meet the creators who have spent years building their gardens with love, enthusiasm and skill. Also enjoy wine tastings and canapes in the Pokolbin wine district, a gourmet lunch at the Old Bakery in Morpeth, and lunch at a special Hunter Valley nursery where you can partake of a little plant-based retail therapy. Overnight accommodation will be at the Hunter Valley Resort.
Hunter Valley Bookings Essential $690.00
Lanes End Click here
Lanes End
A peaceful native rainforest garden set on a steep terraced block overlooking Woronora River. Layered plantings of lush ferns, palms, Davidson's Plums, cordylines, Jagera pseudorhus and sandpaper figs. Massed Dicksonia antarctica and Cyathea australis. Unifying repeated plantings; collection of clivias.
Gardening advice from APSNSW members
Notes 44 Buchanan Ave, Bonnet Bay 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Hogue garden Click here
Hogue garden
Tall shrubs screening the fenceline give privacy to a garden densely planted with sun-loving Australian plants. The centre of the garden is alive with a variety of species including paper daisies, Wahlenbergias (native bluebells) and grevilleas in a lovely spring display. Courtyard area
Art exhibition. Gardening advice from members of APS.
Notes 75a Wattle Rd, Jannali 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Birchgrove Click here
Birchgrove
Spring is heralded with lovely cottage perennials in blues, pinks and whites under a gorgeous canopy of weeping cherries and collectable prunus. Old roses, rare magnolias and camellias are complemented by topiaries and the blue, burgundy and lime green foliage of specimen trees.
Notes 16 Fishburn Rd, Galston 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Savannah Click here
Savannah
A lake and colourfully planted watercourse feature at the front of a park-like garden of wide lawns and specimen trees beneath tall eucalypts. Formal areas and massed plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, perennials, natives and beds of roses. Water gardens with brightly painted bridges. Vegetables.
Notes 51 Mid Dural Rd, Middle Dural 10am-4.30pm $8.00
Yeumville Click here
Yeumville
A tranquil garden that contrasts formal lawn areas with massed informal plantings. A framework of mature cypresses, deciduous trees and eucalypts provide height and shade for wide beds of perennials, violets, hellebores, ajuga, bulbs and flowering shrubs. A lovely natural creek features a chain of ponds, stonework and relaxing walkways.
Notes 680 Nanima Rd, Springrange (near Hall) 10am-4.30pm $8.00
September    Sunday 14
Bundanon Homestead Click here
Bundanon Homestead
The restored cottage garden of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd surrounds an 1860s homestead embraced by sweeping lawns and spreading mature trees. A profusion of ferns, irises, azaleas, acanthus, hydrangeas, herbs and bulbs is harmoniously interspersed with sculptures by members of the Boyd family. A courtyard features a venerable wisteria.
Visit their website
Notes 533 Bundanon Rd, Illaroo 10am-4pm $10.00
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-4.30pm $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-4.30pm $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


The Open Garden program of openings for mid-October 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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