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Mid Mountains Garden Festival 2022

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Explore Private Blue Mountains Gardens
To celebrate spring, the Mid Mountains Garden Festival is held over two weekends in September:

  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022

  • Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022

    It's a community-minded event that showcases beautiful local gardens, homemade jams, chutneys and honey, whilst also fundraising for Hazelbrook Public School.

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    Aldebaran Garden, Linden. Image supplied.

    For this year's project, funds raised will go towards a Nature Playground, to harness student creativity, health and well-being whilst instilling responsibility, love and respect for the natural environment.

    The festival began with one garden and has blossomed into eight local gardens across four suburbs and has been running for almost forty years.

    This year's Mid Mountains Garden Festival features:

    Aldebaran, Linden - David and Amber Thurston
    A modern garden set against a lovely 1920s bungalow, lovingly designed by its landscape designer owner and showcasing a stunning array of water-wise plants and succulents. Purchase honey created by the bees of Aldebaran garden here.

    Totoro, Linden - Marilyn Pride and Lewis Morley
    A rustic cottage garden inspired by the movie which features a Totoro Teahouse and fantasy film sculptures scattered throughout. The garden also has a succulent flowered earth roof, scented and medicinal plants.

    Tanglewood, Woodford - Brian Kirby and Andrew Price
    This garden features weeping maples, camellias and luscious ferns. Curious pathways wind past ponds and bush rocks, beckoning exploration.

    Tarraleah, Hazelbrook - Norma and Andrew Price
    This garden includes a terraced backyard that is home to gnomes and chooks and has flowers and fruit trees; the harvests go into jams and chutneys, which are also sold throughout the festival. Plants propagated by the school's greenhouse volunteers will be on sale here.

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    Tarraleah Gardens, Hazelbrook. Image supplied.

    Arcadia, Woodford - Marion and Andy Cairns
    This garden on a corner has an amazing array of succulents, award-winning blooms and a shade house filled with orchids and ferns.

    Elvis, Hazelbrook - Jim and Frances Hill-Murray
    Elvis is a tranquil European style garden with decorative plants and a willow tree over a pond, surrounded by lush lawns.

    Stoneholm Lane, Woodford - Chris Prior and Lindy Courtney
    A wonderful terraced garden that unveils a myriad of surprises as you descend past the maples, crepe myrtles, philodendrons and tree ferns to the edge of bushland.

    Djurali, Lawson - Ana Dalitz and Carl Johnston
    A gorgeous rustic patch created by a young family features a thriving mix of natives, vegetables, fruit and flowers, topped off with a treehouse and mud kitchen, to inspire the young and old.

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    Djurali Garden, Lawson. Image supplied.

    For the kids
    Scavenger Hunt - Each class at Hazelbrook Public School will have created a special art project to be hidden in each garden. Take the kids on a garden trail as you search for them all, and receive a prize on completion.

    Plant sales
    A wide variety of plants including succulents, cottage plants, natives, fuschias and more have been propagated from local gardens by parent volunteers and local gardeners.

    They can be purchased at Tarraleah Garden, Hazelbrook and at 20 Mile Hollow cafe, Woodford (which also has great coffee, cakes and brunch). For other food stops whilst you're exploring the gardens, here's a list of the Best Pie Shops in the Blue Mountains.

    There are flexible ticket options, from single garden tickets through to festival season passes, tickets cost:

  • $5 per adult, single garden entry

  • $32 per adult, festival pass valid all gardens for both weekends

  • $60 per couple, festival pass for two adults valid all gardens for both weekends

    Children under 16 are free with an accompanying adult.

    Buy your tickets online here.

    Explore beautiful private gardens, support community projects and pick up some new plants at the Mid Mountains Garden Festival this spring.

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    Stoneholm Lane, Woodford. Image supplied.
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    Why? Explore beautiful gardens and support a local school.
    When: Saturday 10 September, Sunday 11 September, Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September 2022
    Where: Mid Mountains - Hazelbrook, Woodford, Lawson, Linden
    Cost: From $5 for a single garden up to $32 for a festival pass
    Your Comment
    The Blue Mountains has a wonderful climate for gardens to bloom and these looks like a great selection to explore.
    by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5336) 47 days ago
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