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It has been a long and wet winter, but that has done little to stop the team behind Open Gardens Canberra who are back again for another spring season with more splendid gardens, more tips and more fun in store for everyone at another large range of open gardens.
Throughout Canberra, the ACT and nearby NSW, many inspirational garden owners have been tending their garden over winter in readiness for a stunning spring season, a season where they will open their garden for you to visit, enjoy and become inspired yourself. The schedule of Open Gardens for this Spring is as follows:
Comprising several hectares of densely planted native plants of great variety on an elevated rocky knoll, this garden includes many meandering, pleasant paths taking visitors to many garden sections, including vegetable beds and an orchard. Mown paths facilitate short walks around the perimeter of the property and to special plantings a bit further afield.
A large suburban garden with an amazing variety of plants. Rock walls allow for built up garden beds with improved soil and drainage. English box hedges divide areas including a parterre garden. Large mirrors on the boundary fences create illusions of depth.
A historic European style garden with a heritage listed slab hut from 1830. The garden is laid out in southern highlands style and surrounded by trees dating back to the early 19th Century. The more recent additions include a water garden and the garden is full of old-fashioned roses.
A delightful Mediterranean style garden featuring a series of garden rooms which are delineated by plantings including Leighton Greens, Pyrus Manchurian Pears and Westwoods, Italian pencil pines, Smaragds and Flowering Cherries. Hedging plants such as English Box, Lonicera Nitida and Pileata, Green Pillar Pittosporum and Princess of Wales have also been well-utilised in the design.
This all-native garden features over 1000 individual species, including more than100 acacia and grevillea species, all of which attract a wide range of birds. Existing mature eucalypts are complemented by plants from many Australian regions, with one section of the garden being developed as a dry 'rainforest' gully using species with glossy, dark green leaves.
A compact garden that was once bare, and is now a beautiful cottage style garden dominated by bush, climbing, pillar, standard and groundcover roses. Located on a sloping site, there are sustainability features, including 16,200 litres water tanks and pumps for the gardens and consistent use of mulch for all beds.
Persephone features a thoughtful selection of exotic trees, shrubs and perennials. Hedging, other mass plantings and pathways have been used throughout the garden while the back garden offers tranquillity to relax and entertain guests, space and structure for adventure and play and a cornucopia of seasonal produce.
Most gardens are open from 10am to 4pm with an entrance fee of $8 per person. Entrance fees are shared between the property owner who generally dedicates them to a local or personal charity, and to Open Gardens Canberra. And in keeping with the spirit of having a great day out, a number of gardens will provide morning/afternoon teas, music, plant sales and advice.
Open Gardens Canberra is a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates the opening of gardens and associated horticultural events for gardeners and lovers of nature to enjoy. For further details on Open Gardens Canberra or the calendar of events refer to their website or to their Facebook page.