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Catch the last of the Open Gardens this Autumn
Changing seasons bring changing gardens, and Autumn is one such changing season. After a particularly wet and warm summer, the gardens of Brisbane are about to burst into color, lose some leaves and display many pretty flowers as the extreme temperatures subside. And if this isn't your garden, yet you still want to see a great garden, then why not pop in to someone else's garden, through the Open Gardens Scheme, and admire their wonderful handiwork this Autumn.

Nafanua (7 - 8 February)
100 St Vincents Rd, Virginia

Artist and sculptor Mauri Maunsell has opened this colourful tropical garden for all to see. A distinctively Asian influence sees lotus float in Vietnamese water pots, frangipanis draped with orchids, water trickling from fountains, and a Balinese inspired pond. Hundreds of unusual plants complement these traditional water plants in this colourful garden.

Nafanua, Open Gardens

Mother Nature's Laughter (21 - 22 March)
39 Fiona St, Bellbird Park

Mother Nature's Laughter is a subtropical, eclectic, cottage-style garden that reflects the journey of life. From the 'Halfway Gate', sandstone steps descend past the 'Bridge of Tranquility' under an established rainforest canopy, and paths lead toward the 'House of Reflection'. Roses and climbers on archways provide contrast to the salvias, orchids and bromeliads underneath an all inspiring jacaranda tree.

Mother Nature's Laughter, Open Gardens
Mother Nature's Laughter

Pocket Farm (28 - 29 March)
311 Priors Pocket Rd, Moggill

Pocket Farm is a 'must see' Open Garden / Plant Fair for everyone who enjoys gardening. There will be in excess of 20 stalls selling everything from plants, pots, soils and fertilizers to garden furniture and garden art, all amongst the beautiful garden known as Pocket Farm. In late March, this garden will be abuzz with colors from perennials, annuals, native trees, salvias, daisies, agapanthus and jacarandas. With refreshments and guest speakers, this is certainly to be a popular afternoon for many.

Pocket Farm, Open Gardens
Pocket Farm

Pattison Rare Plant Garden (11 - 13 April)
447 Miles Platting Rd, Rochedale

Open for 3 days, this rare plant garden features one of Australia's largest collections of native ferns and variegated plants, artistically displayed not only in the ground but on trees and rocks. Vivid foliage plants, staghorns, elkhorns, calatheas, brugmansias, bromeliads and orchids thrive under a majestic canopy of trees.

Pattison Rare Plant Garden, Open Gardens
Pattison Rare Plant Garden

Joncia Gardens (11 - 12 April)
39-63 Derby Rd, Logan Reserve

This dazzling award-winning garden has been developed on a gentle slope and influenced by many Asian cultures. A superb vegetable patch, small furnished cottage, summerhouse, rainforest, Japanese garden and oriental bridge is surrounded by gorgeous roses, lily ponds and numerous tropical plantings.

Joncia Gardens, Open Gardens
Joncia Gardens

Hamilton's Tropical Garden (2 - 3 May)
280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Rd, Bahrs Scrub (near Beenleigh)

This mature garden features thriving species of bromeliads, cordylines and many rare and unusual plants, all of which attract much of the local birdlife. Orchids and expansive lawns are enclosed by a cottage garden of hardy salvias and other perennials. There are also plant demonstrations each day at 1130am and garden walks for all at 1230pm.

Hamilton's Tropical Garden, Open Gardens
Hamilton's Tropical Garden

Bellis (9 - 10 May)
56 Daisy St, Wynnum

We have often wondered what a professional gardeners garden looks like, and now the ABC Gardening Australia presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams' is opening his for all to see. Jerry's garden is built upon a theme of sustainability with solar power, rainwater harvesting, seasonal organic crops and numerous plants that are designed for everlasting colour, longevity and low maintenance.

Bellis, Open Gardens Australia

Clifford Garden (16 - 17 May)
13 Richland Dve, Bannockburn

Clifford Garden is a beautiful garden that features sweeping lawns, palms and beautiful trees. There is also a thriving understorey of shrubs, bromeliads, orchids and cycads accompanied by a unique and tropical fruit tree avenue of soursop, wampii, lychees and passionfruit.

Clifford Garden, Open Gardens
Clifford Garden

Dallas Kampe's Tropical Garden (22 - 24 May)
15 Sunrise St, Mount Cotton

The final garden for the season is a tropical garden embracing a traditional Queenslander and a Balinese temple. A boardwalk winds beneath rare and exotic palms and provides shelter to lush colourful cordylines, crotons, bromeliads and a waterfall.

Dallas Kampe's Tropical Garden, Open Gardens
Dallas Kampe's Tropical Garden

All gardens are open from 10am to 430pm everyday. All gardens have a token entrance fee of between $8 and $10 to help cover costs. Open Gardens Australia have recently advised that as a result of rising costs and falling revenues, Open Gardens Australia will cease to exist with effect from 30 June 2015 and hence these will be the last Brisbane gardens on show it is time to get in to these top gardens for a piece of history. For further details refer to the Open Gardens Australia website or their facebook page.
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Why? Great gardens are relaxing for all
When: February to June 2015
Where: Various places across Brisbane
Cost: $8 - $10
Your Comment
Nafauna looks gorgeous.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2264 days ago
Oh my. Such very different gardens to my part of Australia. Love your articles Steve. Wish I could visit them. Shame the scheme is closing. I have used it and the gardens always have a crowd. X K
by Kat May (score: 3|1448) 2264 days ago
Hi Steve, Great article. Very handy knowledge to know when these events are being held especially if you have a particular type of garden and want to advance it by following in the proven techniques of other gardeners. I'm drawn towards Pattison's Rare Plant Gardens. Susan
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1961) 2258 days ago
Such a shame to see the scheme end but that is what happens when people get too greedy. I'm sure there are many who would go when it was $3-4 but can't justify the cost now.
by carme (score: 0|8) 2261 days ago
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