They also have some very rare trees including: Julie runs a number of propagating workshops, as well as workshops with titles like: Gardening in a Cool Climate ; Creating a Summer Border ; and An Introduction to Perennials , which covers the main family groups; use of perennials in the garden; soil preparation prior to planting; ongoing maintenance and pests and diseases.
They have a market stall, as well as selling plants and gift ware in their garden shop in the house. They are also opened the garden for the inaugural Rare Plants Market Day on the last weekend of November.
I look forward to seeing the development of this garden over the next few years. Julie and Craig are a lovely couple and very generous with their knowledge and time.
They are constantly looking at new ideas to incorporate in their garden. If you would like to see more photos, Australian Country Magazine wrote an article on this beautiful garden in their November issue.
They grow over varieties of peonies from Chinese and Japanese Tree Peonies, which flower from mid-September to mid-October; European and American Tree Peonies, which bloom from mid-October to early November and Herbaceous Peonies, which finish the peony season from early to late November.
The peony nursery is close to the house, the umbrellas shading the blooms from the intense sun. This pink peony is Hanabi from Japan. We visited this lovely garden last Autumn, but while we were in the area this weekend, we popped in for a quick sniff of the peonies, which were in full Spring bloom.
Not all peonies are scented, so I was keen to smell them before making any decisions on peony selection, as tree peonies are quite expensive.
They certainly have an unusual scent and I was really pleased that I made the effort to check and could now open the whole ballpark as far as peony choice was concerned.
I loved the white ones and coral ones, but the deep reds were also very attractive! Apparently, during the early Chinese Dynasties, only the Emperor could grow peonies, so during the Cultural Revolution, Mao Tse Tung ordered the destruction of all peonies, because of their association with the royal family.
Fortunately, they were also grown in monastery gardens and monks were able to preserve them, because their roots were used as medicine to purify the blood and treat female problems.
The first photo below is Kronos from America. Dominic honed his horticultural skills on a square metre block plus the adjoining nature strip! They built a classic storybook cottage, which they run as a Bed-and-Breakfast with two guestrooms and a choice of an English or Chinese Yum-Cha breakfast.
They designed the garden to be seen from the dining room windows, as the Winters are so cold. Here is their map of the overall design: I loved the long formal herbaceous perennial borders, which provide a constant colour from Spring to late Autumn and display great variation in colour, texture and leaf shape.
There is also a potager, hedged with Hidcote lavenders, and full of vegetables and herbs; a chook boudoir; formal lawns, a parterre garden, a Chinese garden; a circular rose garden; an angel garden; an alpine garden with Lewisias, Pasque flowers and small alpine plants; a pond and stream garden, which is actually two ponds with a stream in between, growing Astilbes and Hostas, with a Chinese Peony pavilion beside the pond; and a developing woodland with trees like Tulip Tree, a Weeping Willow, a Trident Maple, Gingko, Pear, Birch, Beech, Sopora, Cherry, Judas Tree and Chinese Elm, all under-planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells.
I love the little extra garden furnishings: There are also a number of lovely roses: Dominic and Chris sell a number of perennials, as well as their main focus: A wonderful selection of imported French antiques and decorative items, housed in the house, outbuildings and garden of Kamilaroi , a turn-of-the-century homestead.
We particularly loved all the garden furniture and accoutrements including: A wonderful vintage mecca with over 75 individual dealers in three warehouse spaces.
We finally found our four beautiful full-length lounge room curtains in the far corner of one of the sheds and after slight modification from a triple to a double pleat, they fit the windows perfectly and already being fully lined, saved us a mountain of work and expense!
The fabric alone at least 5 metres per curtain , a vintage Sanderson fabric called Salad Days , would cost a mint and is a perfect backdrop for our old cream and silver American Embassy lounge suites, which we found in our local antique shop.
The curtains, which ironically were imported from America three weeks beforehand, look so sumptuous in the room and it feels like they have been there forever, even though we still pinch ourselves that we have been so lucky!
Home of incredibly life-like artificial flowers, as well as products by Crabtree and Evelyn and Occitaine ; candles and soaps; earthenware jugs and glassware.
A veritable treasure trove for anyone interested in textile crafts with separate rooms devoted to cross-stitch and tapestry; embroidery threads photo below ; knitting wool and needles; beads; and books and patterns.
Beautiful selection of fabrics for dressmaking. I am looking forward to sewing a dress from this beautiful blue and white fabric!
These are the garden spoils, collected on our trip from the various gardens and nurseries. We drove home via Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley.
It is well worth taking a short detour up a rough gravel road Manning Lookout Rd to a spectacular cliff line and views over Kangaroo Valley. We had a wonderful weekend away in the Southern Highlands and could easily repeat the experience every Spring, revisiting these and other gardens including Retford Park , Milton Park and Camden House!
For more on the wonderful open gardens in this area in Spring, as well as opening dates, please see:. This is the last of my general garden posts for the year.
Next year, I will be focusing more on rose gardens. It is also the second last post for ! I will be posting the December Garden on Boxing Day.
I hope you all have a wonderful relaxing Christmas and a well-earned break for the year! While not strictly part of the Southern Highlands, being slightly further north and at a lower altitude, I am describing this wonderful property as part of my Southern Highlands garden post, because it was part of our terrific weekend away- in fact, it was the initial draw card, as its Spring Fair was being held this particular weekend and Glenmore House was only a 45 minute drive from Mittagong, where we were staying.
Her home and garden are an absolute delight and a must for anyone who loves organic vegetable gardening, as well as old farm buildings!
Mickey, an interior decorator, and her husband Larry, a leadership communication consultant, bought the dilapidated old Georgian sandstone cottage with all its equally dilapidated outbuildings in and have renovated them all to the wonderful state they are in today.
They also developed a beautiful garden with many different spaces, all visible from the house and full of plants, chosen for their scent and the family memories they evoked.
Her favourite section is the kitchen garden and she gave us a very interesting tour and talk on the day. She also runs lots of workshops, which are advertised on her website and include:.
Seasonal vegetable gardening with Linda Ross: Includes a delicious seasonal lunch in the loggia. Making stocks and broths: Flower Workshops with Jardine Hansen , who arranges lovely blowsy bouquets of seasonal local flowers.
Herbal Garden workshops with Anthia Koullouros , a naturopath and herbalist, who founded Ovvio Teas http: Natural Dyeing workshops with India Flint: Bag Stories; Botanical Alchemy.
We had a wonderful morning exploring all the different sections of the garden, as well as looking at the stalls including:. Rustic garden furniture Mickey was also selling garden tools, baskets, vases, soaps and creams, scented water and and her trademark hat dress and apron from the Barn, the centre of her interior decorating business.
Like Red Cow Farm , there is so much to this garden. It is well worth buying her book for more detail, but here are a few photos, illustrating some of our favourite aspects:.
The Persimmon Lawn at the entrance with its old Silk Floss tree Cebia speciosa ; the peppercorn tree, under-planted with orange clivias; a pair of old persimmon trees; an old macadamia tree and a hoop pine.
The old stone cottage was very sympathetically restored with two new wings, separate to the house, so it did not compromise the integrity of the original dwelling, and so similar in style that it is difficult to discern that they are not original.
Beautifully- scented frost-tender plants like ginger, ornamental banana, stephanotis, justicia, shell ginger and coral cannas fill the space between the main cottage and the bedroom wing.
There is also a bed of Bourbon roses: I loved the belfry and the stable doors, painted with auriculas by artist Xanga Connelley.
The fence is covered with Trachelospermum jasminoides , with further scent provided by an apricot Datura and an Osmanthus fragrans at the bottom end of the pool enclosure.
The beautiful 3 metre wide double herbaceous borders , which ran the length of the pool fence and were a riot of colour and scent with plantings of: The southern end is marked by two timber lattice obelisks, supporting the rose New Dawn and a murraya hedge bottom photo.
The Dairy Garden with Iceberg roses, Lavandula angustifolia and a wire heart against the wall. The Dairy now has a semi-commercial kitchen and is used for weddings and workshops.
The old hayshed , where Martin Boetz put on a splendid lunch for the day. The Croquet Lawn , complete with Labyrinth , where the stalls were set up, in front of the orchard of almonds, olives, apples, figs and crab apples, all protected with substantial wire guards.
The Dairy Garden and Chook Citrus Yard Valencia and Navel oranges, a Clementine and a grape fruit , a perfect combination as their scratching keeps the citrus surface roots free from weed competition.
The chooks have the delightful names of Cabbage and Rose! Ross was very impressed with the picket fence of tomato stakes topped with rusty tin cans.
I loved the red walls of the dairy covered with jasmine and the shady garden of Acanthus mollis beneath the huge Peppercorn tree.
We also loved the behind-the-scenes area, hidden behind the potting shed, with beds of garlic, leek and onion; lots of potted plants; four huge compost bays, worked by a tractor; two aerobins for kitchen scraps; a worm farm in a bath and sinks of comfrey tea; as well as new workshop plots for natural dyeing and herbal remedies.
And finally, there are informal areas beyond the garden fence, as well as the rest of the farm beyond.
Mickey and Larry run a small herd of Red Angus cattle. Tomorrow, I will post the last section of our Southern Highlands garden treat!
Last Spring, while impatiently waiting for our garden to wake up, we had a wonderful long weekend away from the 14th to 16 th October.
It was timed to coincide with the Spring Fair at Glenmore House , Camden, so we based ourselves at Mittagong, so that we could explore some of the other Spring gardens in the Southern Highlands.
All totally different, yet equally special: Throw in some browsing in the beautiful shops of Bowral, as well as an amazing needlecraft shop in Mittagong and some antique foraging, and you have the recipe for a perfect weekend away!
I have broken this post into three parts, which I will post on three consecutive days, to reduce its word count. Open 8 months of the year from late September to the end of May, 10am — 4 pm.
Here is a Spring rose and an Autumn rose from each visit. Despite the lack of old rose blooms, it was still well worth visiting the gardens again for all the beautiful Spring flowers.
In fact, I would visit in any season, except obviously Winter, when the garden is closed! It is one of my favourite gardens! I love its size and scale; the different garden areas; the unusual and rare plantings; the variety of texture, form and colour in all the plantings; and the wonderful use of colour, as well as light and shade.
This beautiful romantic English style cool climate garden was created by Ali Mentesh and Wayne Morrisey, who bought the property back in Here is a photo of the garden plan, given to us on our first visit: The riot of colour and form contrasts dramatically with the Beech Walk next to it.
Two portals are cut into the high hedges, which were being trimmed on our first visit. The top of the walk leads back to a circular pergola, clothed in climbing roses and the house courtyard, while the lower doorway leads down to a beautiful Hazelnut Walk, under-planted with hostas, primroses, hellebores, euphorbias, tulips and other bulbs.
I loved the golden light in the woodland and the play of dappled light and shade. Resisting the temptation to explore the island on the lake, we meandered down the long herbaceous border, which ended with an obelisk and a wonderful borrowed landscape view of cattle quietly grazing the hillside beyond.
We had to retrace our steps to the next border, as the ground was a bit boggy and the bees in their beehives very active! I love the variety in textures, colour and form in this garden, which was equally lovely last Autumn with all the deciduous foliage starting to colour.
Red maples contrast with blue conifers and trees with golden and variegated foliage and stems like this wonderful stand of bamboo. I love the use of grasses in this garden!
The woodland contains many rare trees and maples and is under-planted with massive rhododendrons and birches with paths leading to seats and restful shady corners, as well as back to the lake.
I loved the bluebells, buttercups, cyclamen, fothergilla, rhododendrons and trilliums. There are numerous statues of cherubs, nude males, mythological gods and gargoyles throughout the garden.
The island is accessed via a bridge covered with old roses, Lamarque see bottom photo and Albertine, falling into the water. We saw two very monstrous carp feeding in the pond.
It is such a delightful old cottage with so much charm! I love the circular flowerbed in the courtyard, which was filled to the brim with bright colourful zinnias last Autumn.
This Spring, two large tubs of tree peonies Paeonia suffruticosa were in full bloom at the end of the pergola. Against the house is a long pond with much prettier smaller goldfish.
Just above the orchard is the Monastery Garden, a walled garden, measuring 25m by 8m, built in in the design of a Celtic cross.
The formal beds are separated by paths, made of a mix of bluestone, sand and cement, and defined by English box hedging Buxus sempervirens.
Reine des Violettes, Pax and Felicia. Statues of saints on plinths abound in the monastery beds including: Anthony, all imported from Canada; St.
Francis from Mexico and the patron saint of gardens, St Fiacre, a commissioned artwork by an Australian artist. There is also a large stone wishing well with intricately carved sides in the centre of the cross, a huge carved bell and a large Gothic baptismal font just outside the stone arch entrance to this part of the garden.
The kitchen garden is sheltered from the wind by huge old pine trees and is full of fresh vegetables and herbs.
The nursery contains many rare self-propagated plants for sale. The final section of the garden is a walled garden next to the house, full of colour and scent and a birdbath in the corner.
A small shop in the front room of the house contains gifts and garden souvenirs: The garden is also used for weddings and photo shoots.
One of the grand old gardens of the Southern Highlands, Moidart was built in by James Burn, a member of the Burns Philp company, after it was split off from the Eridge Park Estate, and was named after a district on the west coast of Scotland.
This iconic garden was constructed concurrently with the house, so was relatively well-established by the time the building was completed in The garden was designed by landscaper gardener Mr Buckingham, with much consultation with the architect of the house, Laidley Dowling, so it all fits seamlessly together as an integrated whole , the basic design remaining unchanged for over almost 90 years, although plant growth has altered the emphasis in some parts of the garden.
For example, the conifers at the front of the house have now blocked all the views out of the garden and the huge mature trees are casting much greater shade over the garden, altering plant habitats and the growth of plants underneath.
The same family still owns the property and lives in the grand old house. Much of the work was done by Bowral local, the late Clarie Worner, who apparently prepared the ground for planting by using dynamite to disrupt the solid layer of shale on the surface!
Their relative positions can be seen on this mudmap of the garden design: The main driveway winds through a mature woodland to a turning circle, where the main house finally comes into view, before ending in a garage at the side of the house.
However, we entered the garden through a woodland past the hosta walk; hellebores, bluebells and pulmonaria; rhododendrons, azaleas and viburnums; and the Bamboo Garden; emerging at a huge old camellia, very similar to the one at our front door.
Below the camellia is an expansive lawn, studded with mature deciduous trees in fresh new leaf: To the right is a serene round goldfish pond.
We wandered down to the courtyard in front of the house, full of Iceberg standard roses and a silver garden.
The central stone circular steps lead down to the first terrace, but the further two terraces must be walked the whole length to access them.
It is such a lovely stroll past mature trees and shrubs like azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and viburnums and herbaceous perennial borders.
We looked down over the hellebore and bluebell walk to a paddock and large dam with geese and Highland cattle.
To the south of the house is a delightful sunken rose garden, which is viewed from the house over a box hedge. It is formally laid out with box-edged garden beds, gravel paths, a central flowering crab apple and two sandstone semi-circular seats at either end.
While it was too early for the roses, the peonies were a real show! Behind the sunken garden is the daffodil walk in amongst beautiful lilacs and dogwoods in full bloom, including an unusual double form of Cornus.
There is a lovely pink dogwood at the back of the house. Moidart is famous for its collection of rare plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees and fortunately, it is possible to purchase many of them at a plant stall at the entrance, as well as online from Moidart Rare Plants: The Millenium Drought in Australia from to had a massive impact on Australian gardens, resulting in the adoption of a more appropriate style of garden design for our dry climate, especially given the future effects of climate change.
These gardens are predominantly made up of low water use plants, which are adapted to drought, many of which are sold by Lambleys Nursery. Dry Climate and Mediterranean Gardens.
We visited it in late October as part of the Renmark Rose Festival. Bedrock is a magnificent grand scale garden with a tropical lush feel.
Chris and Raelene Schultz developed the garden from scratch, when they bought the old drive-in site back in Hundreds of tonnes of rock and stone were used to build retaining walls and edgings, as well as a rustic stone cottage for accommodation and small functions.
There is a pond with a cascading waterfall and waterlilies; a beautiful wisteria-covered arbour; and a sunken iris garden with an urn water feature.
Everything about this garden is dramatic and bold from the entrance sign to colourful pansy and ranunculus beds and the dry creek bed and stone wall feature.
There are native plantings, a fruit orchard, trees and annuals and lots of quirky locally-made animal sculptures.
This is a much older garden 25 years old on the top of the hill in Geelong, with panoramic views over the city and Port Philip Bay to the You Yangs and Melbourne.
Originally a 90 year old windbreak plantation, the garden is built on a series of terraces, linked by curved hedges and stone walls.
Entry is via a gatehouse structure with a shingle roof, which came from the rotunda building of the original Ceres Lookout.
Recycled materials have been used extensively throughout the garden from the walls made of railway sleepers, salvaged from the South Geelong Railway renovations, and the petrified timber slab, excavated from a local quarry, under a metal tree in the south-west corner to the use of Japanese bath tubs and North Indian well buckets as plant containers and the retired band instruments hanging in the trees.
This eclectic and whimsical garden has so many wonderful design ideas, which can be adapted to small gardens, courtyards and dry, shady areas.
The use of Tuscan toppings, instead of lawn, saves water. Steel baskets of orchids are supported on the original pylons of the Portarlington Pier beneath the photinia hedge, while a storm-damaged cypress is used as a base for a metal flame sculpture.
Bromeliads grow in the shady sheltered southern part of the garden, along with azaleas, while roses prefer the sunnier sites. A much smaller garden in Castlemaine, Central Victoria, an area renowned for its tough climate with extreme temperatures, heavy frost and low rainfall, as well as depleted soil from goldmining days.
The garden was created by Barbara Maund in and was inspired by the English Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as medieval monastery gardens.
The only plants from the pre garden were a year old box hedge, a large mauve lilac, a nandina thicket and belladonna lilies.
The garden was started around the Victorian stucco house and is semi-formal in nature. The design displays strong structural elements from the geometric garden rooms to the hedges and topiaried plant forms circles, arcs, balls, domes, squares and rectangles , but is softened by a patchwork of self-sown annuals, perennials and blowsy old-fashioned roses, as well as the creeping thyme along the brick paths.
Plants were chosen for their toughness and include perennials, succulents, iris, seasonal bulbs, roses and self-seeding plants.
Many of the aromatic plants are Mediterranean in origin: There are many different colour themes from the purple driveway tunnel and northern yellow borders to the central blue walk and circle and the white southern beds.
I loved the bright red berries of the pyracantha, trained along wires the length of the verandah and complimented by red begonias and white wooden stars.
The topiary of the Australian map outside the old shed and the square box were very impressive. There were also lots of seats in the sun, shade and shelter, from which to admire the many vistas.
In late Spring, the plants are treated to home-made compost and leaf mould, while blood and bone is applied in March and August.
The plants are self-mulched with clippings year round. Watering is done by hand, using water from rainwater tanks and a grey water system.
When we visited Meanderings through the Australian Open Garden scheme back in April , it was owned by Larraine and Jim Kollmorgen, but it has since been sold in Coastal environments are also tough for gardeners with the salt-laden winds and sandy soils.
I have already described Villa Lettisier , which protects its garden from the coastal winds coming straight off Bass Strait with huge hedges.
Corio Bay is much more sheltered, but still presents challenges to gardeners with strong winds, low rainfall and alkaline soil. For the program, see: Right on the shores of Corio Bay, the property has superb views of the You Yangs.
While the house was being built, native trees were planted on the south-west corner of the garden to protect it from the prevailing winds.
In , a lawn of Santa Ana couch was laid down- a perfect choice, as it does not require watering. I loved the vegetable garden.
An original dam was converted to a small lake with rocks and plantings. A 35m deep bore was sunk in January , its water feeding into the dam.
Drought-tolerant plants, suited to coastal environments, were chosen and include: There were also lots of interesting sculptures and wire work on display and for sale.
Here are the main areas which I would like to see: There are a number of areas, showcasing trees including: I would particularly like to see: Like the other gardens featured, it has many fascinating garden areas, which are described in depth on the website, but the areas I would most like to see include the following: Double Herbaceous Borders metres long with a modern colour palette of soft pastels; vibrant lilacs; magenta pinks; lime green; claret and silver.
Here are three of my favourites: Perennial Hill 1 Nero St. Other Places to Visit in the Southern Highlands: For more on the wonderful open gardens in this area in Spring, as well as opening dates, please see: For more information about the history of these gardens, it is also worth reading: She also runs lots of workshops, which are advertised on her website and include: Christmas decorating and table settings.
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