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Two hours north from Sydney in a rural suburb of Maitland there lies a seasonal garden where each month has its own delights. It's privately-owned (by Ben and Sue Bath), with open days scheduled throughout the year for the public to drop in, wander around at leisure and enjoy a tea or coffee with a homemade treat.
You can catch plenty of bulbs and blossoms in spring, climbing roses in summer, the fall colours of autumn and the silhouettes of winter. On my visit in April, blooms of purple were plentiful with the likes of French lavender, lilies and tibouchina. As it was mid-autumn, I was expecting hues of red from the maple trees but they weren't quite to that stage. Instead, there were plenty of green trees with some yellow breaking through. May would be the best time to visit for a full-on autumn colour experience.
The neotropical tibouchina blooms in both autumn and late summer
Set over four acres, you can't miss the lake, fountains, wooden bridges, formal hedging and stone walls that add to the charm you'll come across as you venture through different areas. Garden weddings often take place on the terrace behind the lake with vistas that are perfect for photography.
Many a wedding has taken place here, made even more special when the trailing flowers are in bloom
A wisteria lawn, a secret garden, a fragrant garden, a parterre garden and an Italian terrace garden are also resplendent as are the nooks and crannies around the lake garden and the cottage-style garden room. Green thumbs will surely find inspiration and ideas for their own garden.
If you want to learn more about gardening, garden design and working with flowers, then you can do so with a guided garden tour or a workshop. The latter could see you making a floral crown or wreath. These are great for bridal or baby showers, birthday celebrations and other special get-togethers. More information on these can be found here.
Open days are on a Sunday and listed dates for the remainder of 2021 are -
20th June 18th July
15th August 19th September 17th October
Entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child under 16yrs.
Visits by appointment for groups and small events are also possible. You can contact Sue on 0429 117180.
In warm weather bring a picnic lunch and relax around the lake or head to the garden room in winter with its French doors, cosy lounges and fireplace. Whatever season you visit, you can take in the peace, beauty and tranquility of this country estate central to both Newcastle and the Hunter Valley wineries, making for a lovely day out.